Final: Celtics 128, 76ers 101 — Tatum leads blowout for C’s

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The 76ers looked ready to make life look tough for the Celtics without Gordon Hayward after jumping out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter. Jayson Tatum and the Celtics however answered with a counterpunch that knocked the Sixers out, potentially for good. Boston outscored Philly 71-42 in the middle two quarters on their way to a dominant double-digit win. Tatum led the charge with 33 points and a career-high 8 3-point makes in the win while also adding a team-high 5 assists. Kemba Walker added 22 points and Jaylen Brown 20 points that was too much for the Sixers to handle defensively as they allowed 100 points over the final three quarters. Joel Embiid had a team-high 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers but got little help from his high paid supporting cast as Al Horford and Tobias Harris combined for just 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting from the field. The win gives the Celtics a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

First Half Notes