Sixers Steamroll Past Boston
The Philadelphia 76ers completed the regular-season sweep against the Boston Celtics for the first time since 2001, Tuesday night with a convincing 106-96 win.
Joel Embiid in his second game back after returning from a knee injury was excellent. The big man put up 35 points in 32 minutes. After Celtics starting Center, Rob Williams, faced foul trouble early, Joel had a mismatch against him the majority of his offensive possessions. Embiid also saw himself head to the free-throw line 20 times, knocking down 16 of those.
Danny Green was the hot hand in the second quarter that led to a massive Sixers run. Green finished the game with 17 total points, shooting 6 of 7 from the field and 5 of 6 from behind the arc.
Although Ben Simmons performance was not perfect, it was definitely a step in the right direction. Simmons had 12 points on 7 shots, but struggled from the line, shooting 4 of 8. Simmons was active on the defensive end as always, shutting down Jayson Tatum and grabbing a game-high 3 steals. Simmons is also 14-0 against Kemba Walker in his career.
Off the bench, we saw great efforts from Furkan Korkmaz and Matisse Thybulle. Korkmaz was the only bench player in double figures with 10 points and Thybulle played his usual lockdown defense. Shake Milton is still having a hard time finding his shot, finishing the game without a three-pointer made.
For Boston, Jayson Tatum had a team-high 20 points, but struggled from the field, shooting 7-10, including missing 7 total three-pointers.
Turnovers were a big issue for the C's as they notched 20 total, with Marcus Smart having a game-high 6. Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Rob Williams each had 3.
One bright spot for Boston would be Jaylen Brown's efficiency. On just 10 shots, Brown had 17 points, including shooting 3 of 7 from 3pt land. Brown was also a perfect 2 for 2 from the line.
With this win, the Sixers improve to 35-16 on the year and have a share of 1st place in the Eastern Conference Standings with the Brooklyn Nets.
Next time up, the Sixers will be facing the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. The Pels have lost 3 of their last 4 and play the Nets Thursday night.