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76ers Stay Alive in Win over Celtics

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Philadelphia 76ers feel like they should have at least a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Celtics heading into Game 4 instead of trailing 3-0. Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown decided to start T.J. McConnell instead of Robert Convington. It paid off for the Philadelphia 76ers as they won Game 4 over the Boston Celtics 103-92. Boston still leads this series 3-1.

T.J. McConnell scored 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting and he also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded five assists. He brought a spark plug to the 76ers lineup. Ben Simmons also scored 19 points for Philadelphia. He shot 6-of-15 from the field. Simmons grabbed 12 rebounds and he also recorded five assists and two steals. Simmons was a good conductor once again for the 76ers offense.

Dario Saric was Philadelphia's leading scorer with 25 points on 9-of-17 from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded four assists. Saric also was a factor on the defensive end of the floor with a block and a steal.

Joel Embiid recorded another double-double for the Philadelphia 76ers with 15 points and 13 rebounds. He also recorded two assists and once again, Embiid wasn't much of a factor on the defensive end of the floor.

Philadelphia's bench wasn't much of a factor in the game. They only scored 18 bench points and Marco Belinelli scored nine of them. Robert Convington was awful off the bench. He only went 1-for-7 from the field and only scored three points.

Jayson Tatum was the Boston Celtics leading scorer with 20 points and he made 43.8% of his shots. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded four assists, and blocked one shot. Tatum was the Celtics best player on the floor in Game 4.

Marcus Smart scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds, and recorded three assists. Smart is always a factor on defense and he blocked two shots and had two steals. Al Horford recorded another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Horford also blocked three shots.

Terry Rozier only scored 11 points and he only shot 36.4 percent from the field, but he also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two assists. Boston scored 28 points off the bench and Marcus Morris scored 17 of them and he shot 40 percent from the field. Morris also grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots.

The Boston Celtics biggest lead was six points in the first half. The Philadelphia 76ers largest lead was 18 points in the second half. Game 5 will be on Wednesday Night in Boston.

This article was originally published on @gk18