"We had a lot of heart coming down the stretch," Holiday said. "We executed a lot of plays and we got a lot of stops."
Boston closed to 100-94 on a short jumper by Jason Terry, one free throw each by Garnett and Pierce and a field goal by Pierce. Young stopped the run with a short turnaround hook shot with 1:44 remaining, but Pierce made the next two baskets and the Celtics had a chance, trailing 102-98 with 26 seconds to go.
Turner was immediately fouled and sank both free throws. Then he converted a dunk with 17 seconds remaining for a 106-98 lead that ended Boston's last hope.
"Last year we took them to Game 7 (of the conference semifinals) and the organization got the right unit around us to keep helping us progress and we are not intimidated," Turner said. "We want more."
The Celtics scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to trim Philadelphia's lead to 83-79. Garnett made a jumper and Terry connected on a 3-pointer.
The Sixers responded with a 10-0 run to take a 93-79 lead with 8:21 left. But the Celtics scored the next seven, making it 93-86 when Terry sank a 17-footer.
The 76ers carried a 12-point lead into halftime and increased their advantage to 73-58 when Wright was fouled attempting a 3-point shot and made all three free throws with 5:46 to go in the third.
Then the Celtics went on a 7-0 run on a jumper and two free throws by Brandon Bass, two more free throws by Pierce and another by Bass. That cut the lead to 73-65.Terry's 3-pointer with 56 seconds left in the third quarter made it 79-72, but Turner scored Philadelphia's next four points for an 83-74 lead.
"I said, 'Can we stay connected and trust each other through adversity?'" Collins said. "That's what I kept saying to them, and we did."
NOTES: Holiday had seven turnovers. "Some of his passes, he got a little too much zip on them," Collins said, "but I want the ball in his hands." ... The 76ers kept beating the Celtics down court and outscored them 56-38 in the paint.