It was James Harden Hero in Game 4.
Joel Embiid He took over his role in Game 5. The 76ers Energy center Philadelphia to 115-103 Game 5 win Over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday to lead the series 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The victory in Boston sealed a home run for the 76ers in game six.
Embiid scored inside and out and at the free-throw line against a Celtics side who found few answers to take on the league’s MVP. While the crime passed through Embiid, Therese Maxi Celtics defense burned from the perimeter. Boston, meanwhile, struggled from the field while losing for the second time at home this series.
Embiid, Maxi Pace 76 sr attack
Embiid set the trend early with an 11-point lead in the first quarter as Philadelphia opened up to a 33-26 lead. Jason TatumMeanwhile, down to Another slow start from the field. The Celtics All-Star missed all five of their field goal attempts in the first quarter. His free throws represented his only points in the first quarter.
The 76ers stayed hot in the second half, opening the quarter with a 7-0 lead sparked by a pair of Harden players. Then the Celtics cut a 40-26 deficit buoyed by errors by the 76ers, including one by Harden. Derek White On a 3-point shot. Tatum made his first field goal with 5:48 left in the second before the quarter closed scoring 11 of Boston’s last 12 points, and he did much of his work on the line, hitting 8 of 9 attempts in the first half.
Embiid made 21 runs for the 76ers in the half. Boston stayed within striking distance with a 58-49 halftime deficit thanks to a 20-13 advantage on free throw attempts. But she can’t take advantage of the third quarter.
The 76ers kept their footing on the gas after halftime with a 30-23 lead going into the third quarter. A maxi floater with 29 seconds remaining extended Philadelphia’s lead to 88-69, drawing boos from the Boston crowd.
Embiid closes things out with the late 3, block hunt
Boston trailed briefly in the fourth, 9-4, to cut their deficit to 92-81, thanks in part to Tatum giving up his early struggles from the court. But Maxey responded with a 3 pull in followed by Embiid’s third pointer of the game to extend the 76ers’ lead to 17 points.
But it was Embiid’s defense that signaled the game was over. With the match clock ticking less than 6 minutes, Boston Jaylen Brown Turn the 76ers’ rotation into trying to throw the fastball. Bucket would cut Philadelphia’s lead to 13 points. But Embiid chased Brown into the transition to hit his shot wide of the rim.
The block was Embiid’s fourth of the match.
The Celtics waved the white flag with 3:55 remaining as head coach Joe Mazzola off the bench with the 76ers leading 113-92. Boston’s reserves responded by taking a 9-0 lead, but it was too little, too late.
Embiid finished the game with 33 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks. He shot 10 of 23 from the ground including 3 of 7 from long range. Hit 10 of 11 free throws. Maxey was flying from distance on 6 of 12 3-point shooting nights while tallying 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. His buckets repeatedly choked out the Celtics’ runs.
Harden added 17 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds Tobias Harris Scored 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Rough shooting from Boston at home
From his slow start, Tatum recovered 36 points along with 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals while shooting 11-of-27 from the field. Brown added 24 points and 6 rebounds Marcus Smart Record 14. No other Boston player has broken double records.
Alhorford He missed all seven of his scoring attempts—each from 3-pointers—on a scoreless effort. Derrick White scored 7 points and 5 rebounds while shooting 2-of-6 from the floor.
As a team, Boston shoots 39.8% from the field and 12-of-38 (31.6%) from long distances. Philadelphia shot 50.6% from the floor and 12-of-30 (40%) from 3-point range while having a 49-36 rebounding advantage.
The series moves to Philadelphia for Game 6 on Thursday as the 76ers look to book a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.