Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: Undrafted guard, TJ McConnell, had a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in only his second start of the season, and Dario Saric scored 25 points to help save the Philadelphia 76ers season, 103-92, over the Boston Celtics in a must-win Game 4 on Monday night.
The Sixers spent the second half in control in what could be their last home game of the season.
Joel Embiid had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Simmons had 19 points and 13 boards.
Embiid was still in the mix in his mask, stirring it up with any Celtic within his wingspan. He chirped at Marcus Morris in the third and the Celtics forward flashed a “3-0” with his hands. McConnell buried a 3 for a 14-point lead that would soon make that combination obsolete.
Brown was desperate to spark the Sixers and benched slumping forward Robert Covington (0 for 14 combined in Games 1 and 3) for McConnell. McConnell had started 68 games combined over the last two seasons and served as an example of the type of player The Process was built on. He was an underdog, a hustler, a court general averaging 6.5 points that made him a reliable favorite for Brown. But Simmons’ emergence put McConnell on the bench.
McConnell meshed well in the backcourt with Ben Simmons.
Rozier and Embiid were hit with Ts. Then they each hit 3s.
Embiid buried one that had the crowd buzzing until Rozier came right back and hit his own.
Markieff Morris of the Washington Wizards was in the stands to support twin brother Marcus. The brothers are Philly natives.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 20 points and Marcus Morris had 17.
With NBA teams down 3-0 having lost all 129 series, the Sixers may need more than spirit to pull off this stunner.
No NBA team has ever won a series after being down 3-0.
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.