The Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Boston Celtics in a thrilling game at the Wells Fargo Center, failing to clinch the series and forcing a game 7 at the TD Garden. The Celtics got off to a quick lead in the first quarter, 29-22, which they maintained to take a +7 lead into halftime, 50-43. The 76ers, on the other hand, battled back in the third quarter, going on a 30-21 run that gave them a one-possession lead heading into the fourth (73-71).
Unfortunately for Philadelphia, the Celtics maintained their composure and outscored the 76ers 24-13 in the game’s final 12 minutes to win 112-109.
Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid both put forth heroic efforts, scoring a combined 26 points and 10 rebounds on 9/19 shooting, but Philadelphia was unable to win the game. James Harden struggled mightily that night, scoring just 13 points on 4/16 shooting.
Marcus Smart, who led Boston with 22 points and 7 assists, was the star player on the other side. Jayson Tatum also put forth a strong effort, finishing with a double-double of 19 points and 9 rebounds. Jaylen Brown and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 17 and 16 points.
The decisive game 7 of the series, which is now tied 3-3, will take place at the TD Garden. Boston may have the home advantage, but anything can happen.
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