Joel Embiid scored 33 factors and the Philadelphia 76ers simply took a 3-2 lead within the Eastern Conference semifinals, beating the Boston Celtics 115-103 on Tuesday night time.
The 76ers led by as many as 21 factors within the fourth quarter as dwelling followers booed the Celtics, and may shut out the collection and advance to the convention finals once they host Game 6 on Thursday night time.
It was the third straight 30-point sport within the collection for Embiid, who additionally had seven rebounds, 4 blocks and three 3-pointers.
Tyrese Maxey added 30 factors and 6 3-pointers. James Harden completed with 17 factors, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
Jayson Tatum led Boston with 36 factors however was simply 11 of 27 from the sphere. Jaylen Brown completed with 24 factors. The Celtics went 12 of 38 from the 3-point line.
The earlier two events the 76ers have been in a second-round collection that was tied 2-2, they have been blown out in Game 5 — a 36-point loss to Toronto in 2019 and 35-point loss to Miami final season.
Not this time.
The 76ers led by as many as 19 factors within the third quarter and took an 88-72 lead into the fourth.
A fast flurry by the Celtics lower the deficit to 11, however Philadelphia responded with a 10-2 run to push it again as much as 102-83.
Philadelphia made a concerted effort to get the ball to Embiid within the submit from the outset. He was capable of knock down midrange jumpers, serving to to open the ground for his teammates as Boston’s massive males have been pulled out of the paint.
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Meanwhile, the Celtics struggled to search out their shot all through.
The 76ers loved an early rebounding benefit and had success with Embiid operating pick-and-roll units at Al Horford. It led to scoring alternatives for Embiid and contributed to Philadelphia constructing a 15-point lead within the first half.
Tatum missed his first six makes an attempt earlier than hitting a runner with 5:48 left within the second quarter. He completed the primary half with 15 factors however was simply 3 of 11 from the sphere (1 of 6 from 3-point vary).
Boston ultimately cobbled collectively a 10-0 run to chop into the deficit, however Philadelphia settled down and went into halftime with a 58-49 lead.
76ers: Embiid had 21 first-half factors, going 9 for 9 from the free throw line.
Celtics: Their 103 factors have been their fewest of this postseason. … Boston shot 5 of 19 from past the arc within the opening 24 minutes.
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