Sunday, February 25, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Embiid drops 26 as Sixers nip Celtics

/ 03:04 PM January 19, 2018

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) beats Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) to the ball during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON — Joel Embiid is headed to the NBA All-Star game for the first time, and he celebrated with another impressive performance.

Embiid scored 26 points and matched a career best with 16 rebounds, leading the 76ers to an 89-80 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

Dario Saric scored 16 for Philadelphia, which won for the sixth time in seven games. T.J. McConnell had 15 points — all in the second half.

ADVERTISEMENT

Just one week after Boston erased a 22-point deficit on its way to a 114-103 victory over Philadelphia in London, the Sixers led by as many as 21 and turned away one last rally by the Celtics down the stretch.

“We knew that it was going to be the same team. It wasn’t going to be any new plays,” Embiid said. “We were just physical. Last time they played us when they had that comeback, they were more physical than us. So tonight I think we were more physical than them.”

Boston played without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who rested a sore left shoulder. Al Horford and Marcus Morris each scored 14 points.

After winning seven in a row, Boston has lost two straight.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Philadelphia,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “They certainly made us look poor. If you’re not going to own your own space, then you’re going to turn the ball over.”

The Celtics had no answer for Embiid, who was 10 for 19 from the floor and 6 of 7 at the foul line. He also had six assists and blocked two shots.

The Sixers forced 19 turnovers and outrebounded the Celtics 41-31 while avoiding a season sweep.

“It’s been a trend for us the last two games. For whatever reason, we’ve been sloppy on offense,” Horford said. “Other teams are putting pressure on us and speeding us up a little bit and we’re not handling it too well.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Marcus Smart scored 13 and Jaylen Brown had 12 points for Boston.

Embiid scored 10 in the third quarter and McConnell had nine points in the period, helping the Sixers pull away. Jayson Tatum’s 3-pointer with 2:01 remaining trimmed Philadelphia’s lead to 86-79, but Boston’s rally fizzled from there.

PLAYOFFS?

Halfway through the season, much-improved Philadelphia (21-20) is in playoff contention. The Sixers are coming off wins against the top two teams in the Eastern Conference this week in Toronto (30-13) and Boston (34-12).

“We feel like we’re right there with them,” Embiid said. “I don’t know what seed we’re going to be, but that’s a potential matchup in the playoffs, so you always want to come out and like try to dominate, let them know that it’s not going to be easy.”

ALL-STAR INDEED

Embiid pulled down 16 rebounds for the third time in his career. He got the news earlier Thursday that he was the first Philadelphia player selected as an All-Star starter since Allen Iverson in the 2010-2011 season. Embiid is the first Sixers All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2013.

“I’m just very proud of him,” coach Brett Brown said.

TIP-INS

76ers: McConnell was coming off a career-high 18 points Monday against Toronto. … JJ Redick, who injured his left leg Monday against Toronto, did not play.

Celtics: Irving made the All-Star game for the fifth time. … The Celtics honored Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion who played 10 seasons for Boston, with a video tribute and a No. 10 draped over his regular seat. White died Tuesday at age 71.

UP NEXT

76ers: Host Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Celtics: Host Orlando on Sunday.

Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Basketball, Boston Celtics, Joel Embiid, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to and from Legazpi

February 25, 2018 10:06 AM

newsinfo

Cloudy Sunday as LPA lingers off Mindanao

February 25, 2018 09:26 AM



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved