Joel Embiid landed a solid performance by scoring 35 points to lead Philadelphia 76ers past Boston Celtics 106-96. 76ers registered their 3rd win of the season against Celtics to clean sweep the series win. Danny Green added 17 points, while the 76ers have won both the games ever since Embiid has returned from the 10-game absence due to his injury.
Boston Celtics was trying for its first three-game win streak since early March. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 20 points, and Jaylen Brown finished with 17. Boston had been inching closer to having its full roster available. That progress took a hit hours before the game when recent acquisition Evan Fournier entered the health and safety protocols.
Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia 76ers past Boston Celtics 106-96
Boston’s lack of success defending Embiid prompted coach Brad Stevens to insert 7-foot-5 Tacko Fall late in the first half and again early in the third quarter.
It pushed Embiid out of the lane, but he was able to pass out of double teams. He helped his teammates find their shot in the second quarter. Green had three 3-pointers and 11 points during a 15-0 run that put Philadelphia in front 52-37. Green was 5 of 6 from 3 on the night.
Joel Embiid had 24 points and eight rebounds in Saturday’s win over Minnesota and was given the night off Sunday for Philadelphia’s loss to Memphis. Coach Doc Rivers said the plan is to continue to ease him back in.
“When you get a player like Joel back and you throw him into your offense, it’s actually going to create some short-time rhythm problems,” Rivers said as per ESPN. “We have to try to win games still and get his rhythm back at the same time.”