A scoring duel is brewing in Philadelphia. Elton Brand started the game a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor. He leads all players with 12 points. Ray Allen  is right behind him, however, with 11. Allen tied Wednesday’s total (3 points) just over a minute into the game.
The 76ers opened the first quarter with a 3-point play by Andre Iguodala . They jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead but Kevin Garnett  scored six consecutive points to propel a 10-2 Celtics  run. Once the C’s tied it up, they kept the 76ers away from the line, committing just one foul in the quarter.
The Celtics trail 25-23 after the first.