PHILADELPHIA — Andre Iguodala snapped a tie game with five consecutive points in the final 90 seconds to help the Philadelphia 76ers storm back from 15 points down and stun the Boston Celtics 92-83 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Sixers were a team reborn in the second half and played like a squad that refused to roll over for the championship-tested Celtics. They tied the series at 2-2 and guaranteed a return home for one more game.
Iguodala, one of the more maligned athletes in recent Philadelphia history, put the Sixers ahead 85-83 and buried a 3-pointer for a five-point lead.
Game 5 is Monday in Boston.
Iguodala scored 16 points, Evan Turner had 16 and Lou Williams added 15.
Kevin Garnett had his first bad outing in an otherwise monster series with nine points. With Garnett in a funk, so were the Celtics.
LAKERS: Guard Steve Blake and his wife received multiple online threats after he missed a big shot late in Game 2 of Los Angeles’ second-round playoff series with Oklahoma City.
Blake has contacted the Lakers’ security team about the threats, the backup point guard said Friday during shootaround for Game 3.
Blake barely missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with about 3 seconds left in the Lakers’ 77-75 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night. The third-seeded Lakers already had blown a seven-point lead in the final 2 minutes of regulation, and they fell into a 0-2 hole in the series.
“I let our security people know about it, and kind of kept a record of what was said just in case, but other than that, try not to make a big deal out of it,” Blake said.
Blake said he and his wife, Kristen, were besieged on Twitter by curses, threats, and “people saying things I don’t even really want to repeat. It’s an unfortunate situation, but it’s the mental side of the game. You’ve got to be better than that.”
Blake rarely tweets, but his wife is a frequent user of social media. The family has three young children.
SPURS-CLIPPERS: Down 2-0 against the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers face the tough task of needing two victories at home to keep pace with the NBA’s hottest team.
Making things worse are injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin that have robbed the superstars of their effectiveness.
Today’s Game 3 is particularly crucial for the Clippers because no team in NBA history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
Bolstered by inspired play from their trio of 30-somethings, the Spurs have won 16 consecutive games, including a 6-0 mark in the playoffs.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have helped them to a 27-2 record in their past 29 games.