Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 102, Sixers 92

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PHILADELPHIA — Everything you need to know about the Celtics’ 102-92 win over the Sixers in quickie form.

HEADLINES

Unlikely heroes lead Celtics to first win: Kyrie Irving (21 points) and Al Horford (17 points) may have led the Celtics on the scoresheet, but the real catalysts of the road win came from the second unit. Terry Rozier (14 points), Shane Larkin (10 points) and Jabari Bird (+12 in plus/minus) were part of a bench mob that rallied the C’s from a nine-point deficit in the second half. Without them, Irving and Horford wouldn’t have had the opportunities late to close the door on the crucial win.

The refs were brutal: A combined 54 fouls by both teams (46 of which came in the first three quarters) sucked the life out of this game for the first three quarters. Both offenses were not executing (shooting well under 40 percent early) but the problems were exacerbated with ticky tack foul calls that rightfully earned the ire of both squads. The quality of basketball was not pretty until the fourth quarter, but the refs did not allow either squad to gain any kind of a rhythm with their questionable whistles all night.

TURNING POINT