By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Philly faced a game Boston Celtics squad that was looking to stop their momentum. The Celtics used a three-point barrage to destroy Philly 135-87.
The game did not start out well for Philly they could not hit their shots early in the and that carried over throughout the game. Boston took full advantage of the power outage and were hot from the three-point line. They hit 25 /45 three-pointers a new franchise record. It did not matter if there was a hand in their faces or if the shot was wide-open. The shot would find the bottom of the net, and Philly could do nothing to stop it. Jayson Tatum (29-points) and Jaylen Brown (28-points) led them. They combined for 57 of Boston’s 135-points.
On the Celtics mindset after blowing the Sixers out, “This is a game we all talked about. We wanted this one. And we came out and got the job done,” said Jaylen Brown.
Despite the three-point barrage the Sixers continued to battle back and at one point were able to shrink Boston’s lead. They were led by Joel Embiid who scored 19-points, but Boston made him work for every basket and no one else showed up throughout this game. When Philly’s shots are not falling it turns into a massacre. This contest certainly turned into a rout for Philly, and they will need to find a way to get some more scoring as they prepare for the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.
On the takeaways from the blowout loss, “I don’t want to dwell on the shitty things, so this is an easy one to flush,” said 76ers reserve Power Forward Georges Niang.
Additionally, they will have to play better perimeter defense if they want to stop the Bucks shooters and stifle Giannis Antetokounmpo and get their 34th win of the season. Help should be on the way in the form of James Harden after the All-Star break.