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Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers

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9-2, 4-2 Away
Final
117 - 107

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Derrick White, Jayson Tatum lead short-handed Celtics over 76ers in matchup of East leaders

Maxey's step-back 3 gives Sixers the lead

Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 29 points and Jrue Holiday added 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for the Celtics (9-2), who were missing Jaylen Brown (non-COVID illness) and Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion).

“Everyone has to step it up a little bit,” said White, who was 7 of 12 from the floor. “Obviously, guys like J.B. and K.P., you can't do what they do. But you have to step it up just a little bit and I think that a lot of guys stepped up tonight.”

Philadelphia (8-3), playing its second game in a back-to-back and third game in four nights, got 20 points apiece from Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. That total was well below the season-scoring average for both. The Sixers played most of the night seemingly with tired legs and struggled to adjust defensively as the Celtics whipped the ball around.

“The physicality on the ball, we were not able to get into things as crisply as we would like to,” Sixers head coach Nick Nurse said. “It's not always easy coming off a back-to-back like that and it took us a minute to get into the game. I think that we gave up some easy offense and dug ourselves a hole.”

White took charge of the offense early in the fourth quarter, running toward the rim and mixing between penetration and outside shots that seemed to throw Philadelphia's defense.

“I didn't say it in those words, but he kind of knows that,” Boston head coach Joe Mazzulla said. “With the matchups that we had, his efficiency was sky high. And when we can get him into those pick and rolls with his right hand, it's a good effective play for us. He's one of those guys who just shows up and makes the big play.”

“The only difference is the starting and the not starting,” Horford said. “Besides that, this is what I do for the most part. If I have to guard on the perimeter, guard on the post, create energy in different ways, shoot 3s, I'm trying to do whatever I can to help our group.”

Embiid, who was been on the injury report with left hip soreness for the second straight game, was a minus-25 in his 34 minutes on the floor. In the second half, Philadelphia's high-powered offense was held to just 49 points after scoring 36 points in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Will face the Raptors on Friday in Toronto in an NBA In-Season Tournament game.

76ers: Travel to Atlanta for an NBA In-Season Tournament game against the Hawks.

Regular Season Series

Series tied 1-1

Matchup Prediction

76ers: 47.2%
Celtics: 52.8%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 117 - 107
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 117 - 107
4th 20.1 Derrick White defensive rebound 117 - 107
4th 20.1 Jrue Holiday blocks Robert Covington 's 24-foot three point jumper 117 - 107
4th 29.1 Derrick White makes free throw 2 of 2 117 - 107

Statistics

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42-88 FG 39-85
47.7 Field Goal % 45.9
18-50 3PT 11-30
36.0 Three Point % 36.7
15-19 FT 18-22
78.9 Free Throw % 81.8
45 Rebounds 41
12 Offensive Rebounds 10
33 Defensive Rebounds 31
23 Assists 18
7 Steals 5
8 Blocks 1
9 Turnovers 9
1 Team Turnovers 0
10 Total Turnovers 9
0 Technical Fouls 1
0 Total Technical Fouls 1
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
13 Points Off Turnovers 10
17 Fast Break Points 10
40 Points in Paint 54
15 Fouls 14
17 Largest Lead 5

Game Information

Wells Fargo Center

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Attendance: 19,773 · Capacity:

2023-24 Atlantic Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Boston 43 12 .782 - W6
New York 33 22 .600 10 L4
Philadelphia 32 22 .593 10.5 L1
Brooklyn 21 33 .389 21.5 L2
Toronto 19 36 .345 24 L3
Full Standings

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