76ers defeats Celtics with Joel Embiid massive points

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Joel Embiid’s 33 points helped the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics.

Joel Embiid scored 33 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-103 road victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals Tuesday night.

Tyrese Maxey added 30 points and seven rebounds for Philadelphia, which leads the best-of-seven series 3-2. The 76ers can wrap up the series on Thursday, when Game 6 will be played in Philadelphia.

The 76ers received 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds from James Harden, while Tobias Harris contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Jayson Tatum led Boston with 36 points and 10 rebounds. Jaylen Brown (24) and Marcus Smart (14) were the only other Celtics who scored in double figures.

The 76ers never trailed after the first quarter, and the lead never dipped below nine in the second half.

Boston was within 11 points early in the fourth quarter, but Philadelphia went up 98-81 on an Embiid three-pointer with 8:33 to play. The 76ers took a 113-92 lead – their largest advantage of the series – on a Maxey three-pointer with 3:57 remaining.

Boston’s Al Horford missed each of his seven three-point attempts and did not score in the game.

Philadelphia had a 49-36 edge in rebounds, and Boston shot 39.8 percent from the field (33 of 83). The 76ers hit 50.6 percent (40 of 79).


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