CELTICS BEAT 76ERS

The Western Star - - SPORTS -

Kyrie Irv­ing had 20 points, seven as­sists and six re­bounds and the Bos­ton Celtics over­came a 22-point deficit to beat the Philadel­phia 76ers 114-103 on Thurs­day night in the eighth NBA game played in Eng­land. Jaylen Brown added 21 points, and Mar­cus Mor­ris had 19 points and eight re­bounds to help the East­ern Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Celtics ex­tend their win­ning streak to seven games.

JJ Redick had 22 points and hit five 3-point­ers for Philadel­phia, but the 76ers were un­able to take ad­van­tage of their fast start as the Celtics’ NBA-best de­fence tight­ened at O2 Arena.

Joel Em­biid had 16 points, and fel­low All-Star hope­ful Ben Sim­mons added 15 for the 76ers.

Irv­ing and Em­biid strug­gled early, go­ing a com­bined 1 for 10 from the field in the first quar­ter. De­spite end­ing the quar­ter point­less, Em­biid was able to make an im­pact on de­fence, no­tably swat­ting away Irv­ing’s at­tempted layup.

Em­biid and Sim­mons helped out Redick at the start of the sec­ond and the 76ers made their first nine shots of the quar­ter to open the 22-point lead with 6:56 re­main­ing in the quar­ter. How­ever, Irv­ing fi­nally made a 3, spark­ing a strong Celtics fin­ish to the half as they closed to 57-48.

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