Paul makes case for him­self in pre­sea­son win

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - Staff re­ports

AMHERST, MASS. » With both Joel Em­biid and Dario Saric mak­ing their NBA pre­sea­son de­buts, the 76ers launched a sec­ond-half come­back be­hind a strong con­tri­bu­tion from free agent hope­ful Bran­don Paul en route to a 92-89 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Celtics at the Mullins Cen­ter.

Em­biid, who missed the last two sea­sons due to foot prob­lems, scored but six points but put in nearly 13 min­utes of work in the mid­dle.

Paul, the for­mer Illi­nois star who went un­drafted in 2013, was signed by the club in July after ap­pear­ing in sum­mer league ac­tion with them. He isn’t ex­pected to stick, but on this first chance drove the team down the stretch. He wound up with 15 points on 6-of-10 shoot­ing from the floor, in­clud­ing a pair of three-point­ers, with four re­bounds in nearly 13 min­utes.

The Six­ers over­turned what had been a 43-31 half­time lead for the Celtics.

T.J. McCon­nell scored 13 points in 24 min­utes of ac­tion for the Six­ers, while Saric (six re­bounds) and Jerami Grant had 10 points each.

Terry Rozier led the Celtics with 12 points. Al Hor­ford, play­ing his first game with Bos­ton after nine years with At­lanta, had eight points and eight re­bounds. Bos­ton’s Jor­dan Mickey had a chance to tie at the buzzer but missed a three-point at­tempt.

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