PHILADELPHIA -- Jeff Green hasn't exactly been playing his best basketball of late.
But on Wednesday night, the Boston Celtics' forward put on a show in front of 10,267 at the Wells Fargo Center. Unfortunately for the Sixers, his performance led to their fourth straight setback and their 14th loss in 17 games.
This time, the final score was 114-108.
Green finished with 36 points to go with eight rebounds and two assists as the Celtics (17-33) won back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 13 and 16. The Georgetown product made 5 of 7 three-pointers. He also scored 13 consecutive points on three three-pointers and four foul shots in the third quarter.
Green was held to eight points on 2-for-13 shooting on Sunday against the Orlando Magic.
The Sixers (15-35) still had an opportunity to win despite Green's effort. They pulled within four points five times late in the game after trailing by 12 late in the third. The fifth time came on Hollis Thompson's three-pointer with 55.9 seconds remaining.
But on the Sixers' next possession, Michael Carter-Williams dribbled the ball off his left foot for a turnover with 25.5 seconds left. Then Green made a pair of foul shots two seconds later to make it a 114-108 game before the Sixers missed their final two shots.
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 20 points. Carter-Williams finished with 11 points on 5-for-16 shooting. The point guard also had six assists and a game-high four turnovers on the night he was named Eastern Conference rookie of the month for January.
Rajon Rondo, who didn't play in last Wednesday's loss to the Sixers, also made a difference for Boston. The point guard had eight points and a game-high 11 assists.
The former all-star missed the teams' last meeting to rest his right knee. He returned weeks ago after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
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