BSJ Game Report: Celtics 102, 76ers 94 — Defense, Kemba carries C’s to 3-0 series lead

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics' 102-94 win over the 76ers with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Celtics secure the win with a huge late run: The Celtics closed out the game with a 10-0 run and that was enough to rally past the 76ers on Friday night to a 102-94 victory. Kemba Walker finished with a team-best 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory, carrying Boston’s offense for much of the evening with Jayson Tatum (6/19 FG) struggling. Jaylen Brown added 21 points and 7 rebounds while Marcus Smart chipped in with 14 points and 8 rebounds to help push the Celtics out to a 3-0 series lead.

It was an ugly night offensively for the Celtics (41 percent shooting) but Boston managed to hold the Sixers to a season-low 29 percent shooting from the field. Joel Embiid had a game-high 30 points but no one in the Sixers' starting five shot over 40 percent from the field.

Boston tries to close out the series with a sweep on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Sixers go back to Al Horford in the starting five but it doesn’t work: After watching Matisse