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The Boston Celtics held off a solid effort from the injury-depleted Philadelphia 76ers, winning 110-102 tonight behind Kyrie Irving's 21 points.



The Celtics delivered a very well-rounded effort that was a close matchup until Boston created separation in the third quarter behind Irving's 11-point offensive outburst in just that quarter. Philadelphia, who were without Joel Embiid, rookie Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric and Timothey Luwawu-Cabarrot, instead leaned heavily on veterans Jerryd Bayless, Amir Johnson and J.J. Reddick, who combined for 39 of the team's total points.


For the Celts, Terry Rozier, Aron Baynes and Marcus Smart were all major contributors with double-digit points off the bench, and solid performances were had from Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward on both ends of the court, with Al Horford nabbing nine boards and Guerschon Yabusele pulling down eight rebounds in just 16 minutes of play.


This team still clearly has a lot of wrinkles to iron out, but the improvement is already starting to show, especially from the bench and deep rotation getting some burn in the preseason. The team next faces the 76ers at home this Monday, October 9th before travelling to Charlotte to face the Hornets in their final preseason tilt of the year. With Philadelphia clearly struggling to make a new and injury-beset roster stay afloat and Charlotte down Nic Batum (out indefinitely with an elbow injury), the Celtics may very well sweep the preseason slate of games.

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Justin Quinn 10/06/2017 10:07:00 PM Edit
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