By Sean Greene 10:15pm, October 11, 2013
VIDEO: Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown on new PG Michael Carter-WilliamsFour Sixers reached double-figures as Philadelphia won their 2013 domestic debut with a 97-85 victory over the Boston Celtics at the Bob Carpenter Center Friday night.
The Sixers, traveling to Newark to promote the new home of the D-League Delaware 87ers, broke open a close game with a 34-17 second quarter. Spencer Hawes scored 11 points and James Anderson added 10 during the decisive frame.
Gerald Wallace ended a Boston run, bringing the lead to 84-79 Philadelphia, but after missing a three, the Sixers went on a 13-6 run to end the game.
Boston led 21-20 after the opening quarter on the strength of a 12-0 run with Jordan Crawford scoring 5 points and Jared Sullinger's 4.
Philadelphia finished with 25 turnovers, as they continue to learn Brett Brown's new fast-paced offensive philosophy. Brown says he wants to see the offense go faster in the future, particularly on made baskets by the opponents. The Sixers ended with 30 fast break points to Boston's 12.
Thad Young led Philly with 20 points, Spencer Hawes scored 17, James Anderson netted 16, and Evan turner recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds in 30 minutes for the Sixers.
Jared Sullinger led Boston with 19 points.
Keith Bogans left the game for Boston in the 2nd quarter with a right thumb sprain. He did not return, nor did he score in just under seven minutes.
The game was the first ever NBA game played in Delaware. The Sixers held their pre-season training camps at the BOB before the 1995 and 1996 seasons, but did not play a game in Newark. Philadelphia had gone 1-1 during a trip to Europe earlier in the week.
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