Al Horford powers late rally as Celtics turn back Sixers for third straight win
Philadelphia forward Dario Saric and Boston center Al Horford battle for a loose ball. AP

THE Celtics recovered from a sluggish second quarter and wound up on top after a tight fourth-quarter battle against the Philadelphia 76ers, 110-106, on Friday in Boston (Saturday, Manila time).

The Sixers took control early and held a double-digit lead at the start of the third when the Celtics rallied to trail only by two entering the fourth.

Al Horford then took charge, scoring 14 of his 19 points in the fourth and the Celtics stretched their win streak to three games.

Avery Bradley scored 26 points and was a rebound short of a double-double as Boston notched its 22nd win in 36 outings.

Isaiah Thomas came up with 24 points on 6 of 14 shooting, while Marcus Smart came off the bench to score 14.

The Sixers saw their win streak end at two.

Joel Embid had 23 points and Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 for Philadelphia, which absorbed their 25th loss in 34 games.

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