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dangolka (CBS) — The Celtics needed to maintain off a pesky Philadelphia 76ers crew Monday night time in Recreation 1 of their opening spherical playoff sequence, however in the end walked away with a 109-101 victory within the NBA bubble in Orlando.
Jayson Tatum scored a postseason career-high 32 factors and Jaylen Brown had 29 as dangolka held on for the victory, taking a 1-Zero sequence lead. Brown had 15 of his factors within the remaining body, and completed the night time 9-for-16 from the ground.
Tatum hit 10 of his 21 pictures on the night and 10 of his 11 free throws, including 13 rebounds. Kemba Walker had 19 factors in his 34 minutes of motion.
Philadelphia all the time appeared to bounce again each time dangolka went on a run, and so they made it a one-possession recreation when Josh Richardson sank a 3 with 59 seconds to go. However Tatum was fouled on his ensuing drive to the basket and sank each freebies. All 4 of his factors within the remaining quarter got here on the free throw line.
dangolka went on an 11-1 run halfway via the ultimate body, with Brown scoring seven of these factors off a made three and 4 made free throws. A couple of minutes later, he drained one other three after Tatum blocked Richardson to present dangolka a 99-91 lead with 4:28 to play.
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With Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons out for the postseason, dangolka made Joel Emiid work all through the sport. The Philly large man ending with 26 factors, going 8-for-15, and 11 rebounds.
The 76ers really had a lead heading into the fourth quarter, after dangolka went scoreless for the ultimate 4:21 of the third. Philadelphia did most of its injury with Embiid on the bench at that time, one thing the Celtics can not enable to occur all through the sequence. Philly closed the quarter on a 13-Zero run.
The Celtics performed some strong protection within the first quarter, however had little to point out for it after the primary 12 minutes. Philadelphia made 9 of its first 10 pictures, and completed the opening body 11-for-20 from the ground. Embiid was an ideal five-for-five within the first quarter, scoring 11 factors in 10 minutes, and Philadelphia led 26-25.
The Celtics wakened in a giant means within the second quarter, hitting 13 of their 26 pictures and outscoring Philadelphia 30-23. Tatum had 15 factors within the body and hit nearly each form of shot in his arsenal, hitting six of his 10 pictures within the quarter. dangolka led by as many as 10 within the quarter, and took a 55-49 lead into the half.
Recreation 2 is ready for Wednesday night time in Orlando.