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BSJ Game Report: 76ers 118, Celtics 115 – Smart’s ejection, Baynes’ injury helps Sixers rally to win

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Celtics fall short in crunch time after Smart ejection: Jimmy Butler hit a game-clinching jumper with four seconds remaining, capping off a 13-5 Sixers run over the final four minutes as the hosts rallied to a 118-115 win over a shorthanded Celtics squad. Joel Embiid (37 points, 22 rebounds) made a career-high 20 free throws, as the Sixers fought their way back from a 15-point first half deficit in large part thanks to a 43-16 edge at the free throw line. Gordon Hayward (concussion) was sidelined while Aron Baynes (sprained ankle) joined the walking wounded in the second quarter. Marcus Smart joined Baynes in the locker room after getting ejected following a shove to the back of Embiid at the start of the third quarter, which left the C’s without three rotation players for the second half. The Sixers took advantage of that weakness with potent offense down the stretch, capped off by Butler’s jumper to put the Sixers up five with four seconds left.

Kyrie scores 36 but comes up empty late: The Celtics' offense was rolling for most of the night thanks to Irving (36 points, nine rebounds), Al Horford (22 points) and Terry Rozier (20 points) but couldn’t get consistent buckets late in the game. Irving missed his final five shots of the game in the closing four minutes as the C’s couldn’t keep pace with the Sixers' firepower (six players in double figures on offense)