The Sixers started out Game 2 looking like the team we expected to see. A quick and effortless basketball team that is deadly from behind the three-point line. The Celtics looked like a team missing it’s biggest stars. A team who maybe had overachieved at hit their wall.
After falling down 22 in the first half, the Celtics closed the second quarter on a 20-5 run, eventually taking the lead in the third quarter. Boston had six different players in double figures led by Jayson Tatum with 21 points and Terry Rozier with 20.
It was not a great game for Ben Simmons on the other hand. The Celtics forced him to shoot and did not allow him to find his passing lanes. He finished with one point, seven assists, and five rebounds.
For the first time in a long time, the Sixers looked like a young team. There is still a long series ahead and the Sixers could easily turn this around and tie the series up. History is not on their side, though. The 76ers are 0-11 when trailing 0-2 in a series and the Celtics are 36-0 when up 2-0.
Celtics 108, Sixers 103 - Final
The Celtics complete a 20-point comeback to take a strong 2-0 series lead on the Sixers.
Celtics 104, Sixers 99 - :59.7 4Q
Sixers 91, Celtics 88 - 6:59 4Q
A 9-2 run for the Sixers has Philly right back in this. Three three-pointers from Redick, Embiid, and Covington.
Celtics 75, Sixers 75 - End of 3Q
Jayson had 10 points in the third quarter and 15 points total. This is going to be a huge collapse for the Sixers if they can’t turn it around.
Celtics 76, Sixers 68 - 2:24 3Q
Sixers 61, Celtics 61 - 8:04 3Q
AND THIS GAME IS TIED!
Sixers 56, Celtics 52 - Halftime
Oh my goodness. The Celtics just went on an 20-5 run to close the half. A mix of three-pointers and alley-oops and a lot of Terry Rozier.
Sixers 40, Celtics 24 - 8:19 2Q
The Celtics just don’t have the intensity they had in Game 1. This one is being completely dominated by Philly.
Sixers 31, Celtics 22 - END OF 1Q
JJ Reddick played out his mind in the first quarter. He’s already racked up 13 points and is shooting 3-3 from beyond the arc. This one was especially pretty:
Sixers 18, Celtics 12 3:45 - 1Q
The Celtics come roaring back. This jam by Jaylen Brown has the entire place rocking!
Sixers 8, Celtics 0 8:56 - 1Q
The Sixers are off to a hot start as they try to bounce back from a disapointing Game 1 loss. JJ Reddick leads all scorers.
The Boston Celtics will host Game 2 of their second-round matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Boston surprisingly holds a 1-0 series lead despite being without Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving or Jaylen Brown. The team won Game 1 handily, 117-101, behind the scoring efforts of rookie Jayson Tatum, backup point guard Terry Rozier and Al Horford.
Those three combined for 83 points to outlast Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons’ team. Horford had 26 points on just 12 shots from the field, Rozier had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Tatum had 28 points on 16 shots. Can that unlikely trio prevail again? They may have to with Brown as a game-time decision. He’ll come off the bench if he’s cleared.
The Sixers will need more from Robert Covington in Game 2. The sharpshooter was anything but with just three points in the first game, missing all six shots he took from the field. Dario Saric had just 12 points on 11 shots too.
Embiid was himself with 31 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, J.J. Redick had 20 points on 13 shots and Simmons had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, though on seven turnovers.
“It starts on defense. I thought I was sh*tty,” Embiid said according to ESPN. “I thought we were all bad tonight. That’s not who we are, definitely. I think when everybody’s on, we’re the best defensive team in the game. There’s a lot of stuff that we game-planned that we didn’t execute.”
They’ll look for redemption on Thursday.
Celtics vs. Sixers Game 2
Date: May 3
Where: TD Garden, Boston
When: 8:30 p.m. ET
Stream: Watch TNT