The Philadelphia Sixers kept their 2018 season alive with a 103-92 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 5. After losing Games 2 & 3 in the final minutes they finally found a way to put an entire 4 quarters together and get a win. They didn’t just rely on one person they shared the ball and everyone got involved as they played well in front of their fans at the Wells Fargo Center.
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Coach Brett Brown shook things up in his starting lineup inserting energizer TJ McConnell in place of Robert Covington. Coach Brown needed to do something to shake things up and get the Sixers believing they could win a game. They played with energy the entire game and it showed as they were led by McConnell who scored a playoff career high 19 points and also grabbed 7 rebounds and had 5 assist. He was exactly the energizer they wanted to be he was disruptive to the Celtics guards, he grabbed offensive rebounds he had no reason grabbing and laying them back in for two. Sixers may have found the energy they need to match the Celtics.
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Dario Saric led all scorers with 25 points on 9-17 shooting and 8 rebounds. Ben Simmons who was heavily criticized for his one point performance in Game 2 seemed to have gotten into a rhythm scoring 35 points in the past two games. He had double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds finding ways to finish at the basket. Joel Embiid had another double-double making it his fourth straight in this series.
The Sixers won the rebounding battle 53-43 with 16 of those coming on the offensive glass. They were a plus eight in the assist category 24-16. They took care of the ball only committing 8 turnovers as a team, while the Celtics had 15.
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The Celtics kept the game in reach but were not fully able to get over the hump to gain control. They were led by their rookie Phenom Jayson Tatum once again scoring 20 points on 7-16 shooting. All-Star Center Al Horford did not have a great game scoring but did finish with a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) and did a decent job defending Philly’s All-Star center Embiid. Which coach Brad Stevens should be happy about despite not getting much scoring from him.
Reserve Marcus Morris who led all bench scorers with 17 points making 3-6 from three. There was also a point in the game where Morris and Embiid start talking to one another and you see Morris tell Embiid “we up 3-0” and nothing Embiid can say at that point. The Celtics will now have a chance to close out the Sixers on Wednesday night back at the TD Garden and Brad Stevens will have his team prepared, especially for McConnell.
Game 5: Wednesday 5/9
What To Watch For: Can Sixers play with the same energy away from the Wells Fargo Center?