Following a hard-fought game one win for Boston, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics came out firing on all cylinders in game two against Philadelphia. Tatum led the Celtics in scoring, just as he did in game one with 33 points including eight three-pointers. Jaylen Brown recorded 22 points and Kemba Walker added 20 to help secure the win. On the other hand, Joel Embiid dominated once again scoring 34 points while snagging 10 rebounds. Despite his outstanding performance, his efforts weren’t enough to carry the 76ers to a victory.
Although the Celtics were without Gordon Hayward, due to his ankle injury, Marcus Smart replaced him in the starting lineup. Smart recorded 10 points on 3/11 shooting. Despite his offensive struggles, he played a great defensive game leading to the victory. Speaking of lineup changes, Matisse Thybulle replaced Al Horford in the Philadelphia starting lineup. Horford, a former Celtic, has not been living up to his 4 year, 109 million dollar contract this year.
The Sixers came out hot in the first quarter, leading by 13 at one point, however, Boston quickly turned around their sluggish play and dominated for the rest of the game.
Boston and Philadelphia will face off again on Friday for game three of the series. The Celtics will look to grab another win and go up 3-0 while the Sixers seek for a win to keep their championship hopes alive. The game will be at 6:30 PM EST on TNT.
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