Boston, Massachusetts, USA: The Boston Celtics rallied in the second half to overcome a 22 point deficit and beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-103 and take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals at TD Garden in Boston, Thursday night. The Celtics are 36-0 all-time when leading a best-of-7 series 2-0. The Sixers on the other hand, are 0-11 when trailing a best-of-7 series 0-2.
Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and has now scored 20+ points in four straight games.
Terry Rozier added 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Terry Rozier has scored 20+ points in three straight games.
Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and five rebounds as the Celtics improved to 6-0 at TD Garden this postseason.
Philadelphia outrebounded the Celtics 49-41 but had a dismal 13 of 33 from the 3-point line.
Celtics were 15 of 36 from the 3-point line but had a 19-13 edge in fast-break points and 30-23 in bench scoring.
For Philadelphia, Rookie Ben Simmons disappeared in Game 2, missing all four shots, scoring just 1 point in 30 minutes and conceding 5 turnovers
J.J. Redick had 23 points for the 76ers, making five 3-pointers. Robert Covington added 22 points and nine rebounds. Joel Embiid finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but rookie star Ben Simmons missed all four shots and had just one point.
Philadelphia recovered after squandering its big lead to nudge back in front 93-88 midway through the fourth quarter.
But an 11-4 run put Boston back in the lead 99-95 with less than four minutes to play.
It was 101-97 when a missed Philadelphia jumper led to a 2-on-1 fast break and alley-oop dunk from Rozier to Tatum with 2:23 left.
A layup by Dario Saric cut it to 104-101. But Al Horford was able to drive past Embiid for a layup with 8.3 seconds left.
Saric scored out of a timeout to make it 106-103. The Sixers quickly fouled Tatum, who calmly hit a pair of free throws.
The Sixers had a 14-2 run to begin the second quarter on their way to building a 48-26 lead.
The Celtics responded by ending the half on a 25-8 run.
The Sixers’ lead was completely erased midway through the third quarter, when Aron Baynes got a 3-pointer to bounce in and put Boston in front for the first time.
The lead grew to 76-68 on a baseline dunk by Tatum that capped a 50-20 Celtics run.
Rappers Meek Mill and Gucci Mane along with actor Kevin Hart were some of the celebrities at the game.
The series moves to the Wells Fargo Center for the next two games. Game 3 is Saturday in Philadelphia. Game 4 will be on May 7. The times are to be determined. If needed, Game 5 would be back in Boston on May 9. Game 6 would be May 11 in Philadelphia, while Game 7 would be in Boston on May 13.