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Sixers Rally to Beat Celtics 92-83, Lakers Defeat Thunder 99-96

The Philadelphia 76ers charged back from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics 92-83 and even their National Basketball Association second-round playoff series to two games each.

In the Western Conference semifinal, the Los Angeles Lakers won 99-96 over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series.

At Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner each scored 16 points and Lou Williams added 15 for the 76ers, who trailed 46-31 at halftime.

“I don’t even know where to start,” Philadelphia coach Doug Collins told reporters. “Our guys are pretty amazing. They really are.”

The 76ers were down by 18 points in the third quarter before they rallied. Philadelphia hit 25 of 36 free throw attempts compared with Boston, which connected on 16 of 19 foul shots.

Paul Pierce had 24 points and Brandon Bass and Rajon Rondo each had 15 points for the Celtics, who host Game 5 on May 21.

The winner of the best-of-seven series will play the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers who meet tomorrow night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Pacers have a 2-1 lead.

At Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 36 points, including 18 of 18 from the free-throw line, to lead the Lakers to their first win of the series. Andrew Bynum added 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Kevin Durant scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook and James Harden each added 21 for the Thunder, who lost their first game of the postseason after sweeping the Dallas Mavericks in the first round.

The Lakers host the Thunder in Game 4 tonight, while San Antonio visits the Los Angeles Clippers, who trail 2-0 in the other Western Conference semifinal.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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