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Philadelphia rallies from 13 down to beat Celtics

Yes, it was a victory in a festive atmosphere worthy of a playoff bound team, though it was the so-so 76ers — not first-place Boston — that made a dogged push for a go-wild win. Robert Covington made the go-ahead three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 105-99 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Dario Saric scored key baskets to extend the lead and bolster his bid for NBA Rookie of the Year. Covington buried a three with 3:37 left that put the Sixers up 94-91 and Nik Stauskas hit his own with 38 seconds left for a 103-97 lead that sent fans inside a packed Wells Fargo Center into a frenzy. The Celtics, still with a nice lead in the Atlantic Division, won the first three games of the season against the Sixers. Boston guard Isaiah Thomas sat out a second straight game with a bone bruise on his right knee and is questionable for Monday’s game at Washington. The Celtics could surely use their leading scorer (29.2 points) against the Wizards. Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds and J.J. Barea scored 20 for visiting Dallas.

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