Boston Celtics Win In A Thriller To Take Game 2 From 76ers

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The Celtics have done just that in games one and two.Even when the Philadelphia 76ers were dialed-in offensively, it's been unrelated to Simmons, who's faded out of both games for large stretches.

There's been a lot of hand-wringing about his brutal performance in the last 24 hours, with some critics wondering whether the basketball media has perhaps been too hasty in anointing him a superstar.

Game 3 of the 76ers-Celtics series starts at 7am on Sunday (AEST). When things were at their worst for Fultz in the tumultuous months of the midseason, it was Brown and assistant coach Billy Lange who were tasked with doing pretty much all the developmental work with Fultz on his game, PhillyVoice was told.

J.J. Redick led all scorers with 23 points.

The Garden had by then grown a tad groggy, cranky even, as the patrons watched their nearsighted heroes make just 12 of their first 34 shots.

Everyone was reminded Brown was back because he made his presence felt after he checked in for the first time with this great hustle play.

On the other side of the ledger, the Celtics have a number of young players like point guard Terry Rozier, shooting guard Jaylen Brown, and rookie small forward Jayson Tatum.

Game three is in Philadelphia on Sunday. The Celtics are sticking with the same starting five they used in Game 1, with Marcus Smart starting alongside Terry Rozier in the backcourt. The way the crowd got behind us before the half.

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All the momentum had shifted back to the Celtics when halftime hit, and they once again looked like the dominant team that blew out Philadelphia in Game 1.

After squandering their big second-quarter lead, the 76ers steadied, briefly edging back ahead in the 4th quarter.

The Sixers will look to climb out of the 0-2 hole on Saturday when they return home for game three.

Australian centre Aron Baynes was strong with five points and four rebounds, including a three-pointer in the third quarter that gave Boston their first lead of the game. Tatum, this past year's No. 3 overall pick, is averaging 17.0 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Robert Covington added 22 points and nine rebounds. He had five turnovers, five rebounds and seven assists, well below a pace that had left him as the presumptive Rookie of the Year. The Boston Celtics have lost six straight road games.

Embiid had 31 points on 21 shots and was a handful for Boston's defense.

Smart scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, as he'd go onto shoot 4-for-10 from deep in the game. As he oversees Philadelphia practice at the practice facility in Camden or in the small gym at Harvard University the Sixers have set up shop at, you have to wonder what is going through Colangelo's mind. "He was there. I guess it was all about the fit. We'll see how he feels tomorrow, and we'll go from there". He had 22 points while shooting 8-for-15, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers.

After the Celtics held a lead going into the fourth quarter, Boston would find themselves trailing 93-88 with 5:48 left in regulation.

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