the night that Joel Embiid received his trophy in front of his family and Philadelphia fans as mvp of the season, the Celts They spoiled the party at the Cameroonian center by beating the Sixers from 102-114.
Friday night’s win puts the Celtics up 2-1 in the series against the Sixers.
The evening started well for an excited Embiid who, surrounded by his parents and his son, he tearfully received the MVP trophy of the season a few minutes before the start of the match.
Then Embiid acted out a curious situation when he accidentally stepped on the Boston forward’s head, Grant Williams. The scene was terrible, with the Celtics player hitting his face against the parquet.
Sometime later, Embiid ran into Williams (already recovered) and apologized. “My bad, did I land on your head?” Asked the young star to her colleague, who replied with good vibes: “Hey, it’s the playoffs, bro…”.
Downtown would finish the night as the top scorer of the matchwith a double-double for 30 points and 13 rebounds, as well as three assists and four blocks.
But without the help of James Harden, who had a bad night in which he hit just two of seven 3-pointers he attempted and only one of seven 2-pointers, the center burned out on a futile attempt.
Harden, hesitant and lacking in confidence at the rim, finished the night with 16 points on eight shooting from his personal line. Tyrese Maxey also didn’t have a good game, with 13 points on nine 3-point attempts and seven 2-pointers.
On the Celtics, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have been tireless. Brown applied a sticky defense to Harden from the first second of the game that threw the Philadelphia guard off balance. Brown had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
And Tatum had a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds despite making just three of 11 3-pointers.
His teammate Al Holford was most effective from beyond the arc with five triples from seven attempts. The Dominican center added 17 points and seven rebounds.
Game four of the key will be played again Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
The winner will meet in the final the New York Knicks (1) and the Miami Heat (2), who played for the third point this Saturday at the Kaseya Center in the city of the state of Florida, with a 105-86 victory for the people local.
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