Kyrie to the rescue: Kyrie Irving refused to let the Celtics lose for the second straight year at home on Christmas Day. The All-Star posted the first 40-point, 10-rebound game of his career and scored six crucial points in overtime to help rally the Celtics to a 121-114 win over the Sixers. Irving also hit a game-tying shot in regulation to force the extra frame before knocking down back-to-back 3s to put the C’s up for good in the game’s final two minutes. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris chipped in with 23 points each in the victory as the hosts overcame 34 points from Joel Embiid in the first matchup between the two squads since the Jimmy Butler (24 points) blockbuster deal last month.
Al Horford goes overtime on a minutes limit to slow down Embiid: The All-Star center was not supposed to play more than 25 minutes in his second game back