Joel Embiid And Therese Maxi They carried the load for Philadelphia, but the 76ers aren’t taking full advantage of Tatum’s struggles, only leading 73-71 through three quarters. James Harden They made costly mistakes along the way, too.
It was a missed opportunity for Philly, as Tatum improved on it in the final quarter and ultimately finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
But was the final score something one could hit 76 and let slide, or was it a matter of the Celtics arriving and snatching victory? In other words, did Philadelphia lose the game, or did Boston win it?
“If you’re a Sixers, you have to kick yourself,” said Sharp. “Jason Tatum had one point in the half and three points at the end of three quarters. Tatum was bad, but for five minutes, he played like one of the five best players in the world.”
Tatum scored 16 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter—including 4-for-5 from 3-point range—to lead Boston at 14-3 through the final 5:57 of the game.
“He outdid the Sixers himself,” said Sharpe. “The Sixers should kick themselves. If they lose this series, I don’t know if Doc will come back. I’ll be honest with you—I think the Sixers lost this game—no, I’m going to say Boston won it.”
The Celtics avoided elimination against the Sixers as Jason Tatum scored 16 points in the fourth quarter
Harden finished with 13 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds, but struggled with a game-high five turnovers. He also went 0-for-4 from the field, 0-for-2 from 3-point range, and 0-for-2 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
The Sixers as a team got cold feet in the fourth, scoring just 13 points on 5-of-20 shooting and 0-for-8 of 3, leaving the door open for Boston to hit a few shots and dominate the game late on, which they did.
Game 7 is on Sunday in Boston.
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