NBA: Severely short-handed, Celtics still top 76ers
Jayson Tatum collected 12 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to lead the depleted Boston Celtics to a 106-99 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon each scored a team-high 19 points for Boston. Blake Griffin (15), Grant Williams (15) and Sam Hauser (14) also scored in double figures for the Celtics, who played much of the game without four regular starters. Williams and Hauser each grabbed eight rebounds.
Boston’s Jaylen Brown left the game with 1:27 left in the first half after he collided with Tatum and suffered a facial contusion. He did not return.
Boston was also without point guard Marcus Smart (ankle), center Al Horford (knee swelling) and center Robert Williams (ankle).
Joel Embiid led the 76ers with a game-high 28 points and seven rebounds. Philadelphia also got 26 points and 11 assists from James Harden. Embiid entered the game averaging an NBA-best 33.4 points per game.
6 Celtics scored in double-digits as they got the home W 💪
Tatum: 12 PTS, 8 REB, 9 AST
Williams: 15 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 4 3PM
Griffin: 15 PTS, 5 3PM
White: 19 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
Hauser: 14 PTS, 8 REB, 4 3PM
Brogdon: 19 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST pic.twitter.com/HIlMQLfZUa
— NBA (@NBA) February 9, 2023
Made 3-pointers were the main difference in the game. Boston connected on 19 of its 35 3-point attempts, while Philadelphia was 10 of 31.
Griffin led the Celtics with five made 3-pointers. Grant Williams and Hauser each had four, and White finished with three.
And White’s 3-pointer with 2:09 to play doubled a three-point lead and allowed the Celtics to keep the 76ers at bay.
The Celtics led 30-27 after one quarter and extended their lead to 12 points, 47-35, when a Tatum 3-pointer capped an 8-0 run with 5:23 remaining in the second quarter. Boston led 59-55 at halftime.
Philadelphia trailed by one, 80-79, following an Embiid layup with 1:21 left in the third, but the Celtics increased their lead to 86-79 by the end of quarter. Boston led 95-85 when Hauser made a 3-pointer with 8:20 to play.
It was the second of four meetings between the teams this season. The Celtics won 126-117 in Boston on opening night. They will battle in Philadelphia on Feb. 25 and April 4.