Embiid erupts to hand C's first home loss: Joel Embiid had a game-high 38 points and 13 rebounds, including a crucial block on Daniel Theis in the final 20 seconds, helping carry the Sixers to a 115-109 win over the Celtics at the TD Garden. It was the first win for a visitor at the Garden all year, as a shorthanded Philly squad (no Al Horford) went down to the wire with the shorthanded C's (no Marcus Smart) after a 12-4 Celtics run pulled the hosts within one point with just 27 seconds remaining. Boston's execution and strategy went haywire from there however, as a turnover on an inbound pass ruined the C's best chance at tying the game in the final 20 seconds. Embiid added a block on Theis on the next possession as the C's fell to 0-2 against the Sixers this season.
Kemba Walker had a team-high 29 points and 8 assists in the defeat while Gordon Hayward added 19 points. Tobias Harris had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in the victory as the Sixers moved a game ahead of the C's in the standings.