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    Tatum continues solid play, Smart steps up for Hayward-less Celtics in rout of Sixers

    Aug 20, 2020

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — Jayson Tatum scored 33 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 128-101, on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time) to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

    Tatum scored a career playoff high for the second straight game after scoring 32 points in the opener Monday.

    Kemba Walker added 22 points and Jaylen Brown had 20 for the Celtics. Boston shot 51% from the field and committed just seven turnovers, including two in the first three quarters.

    Joel Embiid had 34 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, and Josh Richardson added 18 points.

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    The Celtics lost starting forward Gordon Hayward to a right ankle sprain in Game One, and expect him to be out for approximately four weeks. Marcus Smart stepped into the starting lineup, and Boston adjusted seamlessly.

    The 76ers led by 14 in the first quarter, but the Celtics rallied to lead 65-57 at halftime.

    Brown's 360-degree dunk with just under eight minutes left in the third quarter put the Celtics up 74-59. Boston extended its lead to 98-75 at the end of the third quarter. The Celtics held the 76ers to 22 percent shooting in the period.

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    76ers: Matisse Thybulle started in place of Al Horford, and neither stood out. Horford scored four points and Thybulle scored two. ... Embiid scored 15 points in the first quarter. ... F Tobias Harris had 13 points and 11 rebounds. ... G Shake Milton scored 14 points.

    Celtics: ... Tatum banked in a 32-footer late in the shot clock with 8.5 seconds left the first quarter. ... Had no turnovers in the third quarter. ... C Enes Kanter had 10 points and nine rebounds.


    Game Three is on Friday.


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