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PHILADELPHIA - Brandon Bass and the Boston Celtics didnt take the winless 76ers lightly.Bass scored 23 points, Jared Sullinger added 22 and Boston sent Philadelphia to its 11th straight loss to start the season with a 101-90 victory Wednesday night.We know Philadelphias desperate for a win, and we knew they were going to come out and play hard, Bass said. I just wanted to keep that in mind and try to do what I do every night, and thats come out and play hard, defend, rebound — just try to play with energy.Rajon Rondo had 13 assists and nine points, and Jeff Green chipped in 11 points for the Celtics (4-6), who snapped a three-game losing streak.I was really lucky to be raised in coaching from the standpoint that every win is a difficult thing to do, said Boston coach Brad Stevens, whose team lost three of four to Philadelphia last season. We dont look at them as a winless team; we look at them as a team that beat us three times last year.Tony Wroten led five 76ers in double figures with 21 points. Philadelphia (0-11) is seven defeats from tying the 2009-10 Nets for the worst start in NBA history.We have to keep the locker room together, 76ers coach Brett Brown said. We have to keep our guys believing that if they dont cheat days, if they really come in and invest in what were selling, then we believe we have a chance of finding some wins.Ive got no complaints with what we do, he added. They bang out good days. Its just, theyre not getting rewarded in the win column. Thats the judgment most people look at, which is fair. Its pro sports.Boston, which entered third-worst in the league at 109.4 points allowed per game, was even worse on its recent skid (116.3). But the Celtics held the struggling 76ers to a season low.The Celtics took control midway through the third quarter when they broke a 54-all tie with seven straight points. Rondo started the run with an alley-oop pass to Green for a backward dunk, followed by Rondos over-the-shoulder, no-look pass to Avery Bradley for a jumper.Bradley finished the spurt with a 3-pointer.Wroten pulled Philadelphia to 73-68 at the end of the period by hitting a running 38-footer at the buzzer.But the Celtics opened the fourth on a 6-0 run with Kelly Olynyks dunk, Phil Presseys runner and two free throws by Evan Turner to take their largest lead to that point, 79-68, with 10:21 remaining.The best part about tonight is the way we played when things got stressful, Stevens said.The double-digit advantage was too much for the offensively challenged 76ers to overcome. Philadelphia, which led by as many as nine, entered last in the NBA in scoring (88.5 points per game) and field-goal percentage (40.3 per cent).___TIP-INSCeltics: Turner was booed by Philadelphia fans each time he checked in and every time he had the ball. The second overall pick in the 2010 draft, Turner was making his first appearance at the Wells Fargo Center since being traded to Indiana last season.76ers: Philadelphia is the fourth NBA team to start a season with 10 losses and the first since Washington began the 2012-13 campaign with 12 straight defeats.UP NEXTPhiladelphia hosts Phoenix on Friday night.Boston plays at Memphis on Friday night.SUPPORT FROM ELLENTalk-show host Ellen Degeneres sent encouragement to guard Michael Carter-Williams and the 76ers on Wednesday.When you take the court against Boston, I want you to know you have everyone on my team behind you, Degeneres told Carter-Williams during a segment of her show.Carter-Williams recently wrote that watching Degeneres show helps him deal with the frustration of losing.I love what you wrote and Im sorry youre having a tough season, Degeneres said.BASS MASTERStevens praised Bass first-half energy, saying the Celtics were able to equal it after halftime.I thought everybody else matched that in the second half and that was a big part of the game, Stevens said. Kelly was great defensively, Jared was great defensively and Brandon continued to be great. Those guys all play a good role, but Brandon Bass kind of led the charge tonight. Armani Watts Super Bowl Jersey . Reimer is winless (0-2-1) since returning from a six-week absence due to concussion-like symptoms. The Maple Leafs dropped a 4-2 decision to the hosting Washington Capitals on Friday. Darwin Thompson Super Bowl Jersey . Playing in his 19th career final, the second-seeded Tsonga was favourite to win the Open 13 for the third time and to secure an 11th career title, but he struggled with Gulbis attacking approach. . It was a move of some time in the making. “He hasnt thrown well, clearly some guys are being used more than him right now and the only way to get out of this funk is to pitch,” said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Tyrann Mathieu Super Bowl Jersey . On paper, it looks a little like Andre the Giant taking on a midget wrestler. It has all the makings of a rout with the Americans adding an eighth win in nine outings of this biennial event. The Yanks have eight players in the top 15 in the world while the Internationals have just one. Emmanuel Ogbah Super Bowl Jersey .C. -- Duke sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft.SAO PAULO - Landon Donovan says the United States will head to the World Cup with its most experienced group of players, giving the Americans a "real chance" to do well at this years tournament. As the U.S. finishes a week-and-a-half training camp in the host country, Donovan said American players have enough confidence and experience to confront more traditional World Cup teams heading into a first round that includes matches against Germany, Portugal and Ghana. "I think the experience that we have now far exceeds the experience that we ever had with any team, and that lines up to give us a real chance," Donovan said Thursday. "We are confident in how we play. We are confident in what we do. Our guys have had enough experiences against all of these players, against teams like Ghana, Portugal, Germany. ... We feel confident that we can get results against them, and thats a nice feeling going into a World Cup." The U.S. opens against Ghana on June 16, plays Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal six days later and closes the group stage against Germany on June 26. The Americans will be playing in their seventh straight World Cup, and Donovan is heading to his fourth. "Theres never been competition for places like there is in our team now," the midfielder said during a news conference. "You can really make a case for probably 35 or 40 guys to be a part of a 23-man roster, and thats never been the case. Its really up for grabs in a lot of positions, and that in itself obviously creates competition, which makes the team better." Donovan, who turns 32 in MMarch, said the U.ddddddddddddS. team is more respected by opponents. "The reason its the group of death is because we are in it," he said. "In the past, it would have been a relatively easier group for Germany or Ghana or Portugal because they had us in it. But now, because we are in it, it makes it one of the most difficult groups in the tournament." Donovan said the first goal remains to reach the knockout stage of the 32-nation tournament. "Our expectations, like most teams, are to get out of the group," he said. "We are aware that we have a difficult group, but the expectation is that we can do it and we are going to try to get out of our group, just like most teams in this World Cup. That is the objective. That is the goal. But we feel good about where we are at." German coach Jurgen Klinsmann brought 26 players to this training camp get acclimated to the teams World Cup base in South Americas biggest city. The team, mostly with players from Major League Soccer, will play an exhibition against South Korea on Feb. 1 at Carson, Calif. "Weve been very lucky to have two weeks here in Sao Paulo," Donovan said. "Its been very nice to have a couple of weeks to adapt to what its going to be like this summer. When we come back we have a comfort level. We know the people, the club, the training facilities. It makes it a lot easier. You get a feeling for what its like here, and it helps a lot." Klinsmann is expected to visit the Arena da Amazonia on Friday in the jungle city of Manaus, where the U.S. will play Portugal. ' ' '

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