Celtics thump 76ers for ninth straight win

Published February 28, 2024, 12:20 PMLei Macaranas

The Boston Celtics extend their win streak to nine as they take down the Philadelphia 76ers at home.

Jaylen Brown scored 31 points, along with six rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
The stellar duo of Jaylen Brown (31 points) and Jayson Tatum (29 points, 11 rebounds) helped the Boston Celtics extend their winning streak to nine games by taking down Tyrese Maxey and the Philadelphia 76ers, 117-99, on Wednesday, Philippine time.
Kristaps Porzingis added 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who shot well in the matchup. They made 34 of 37 free throws.
Boston won despite connecting on just 5-of-22 three-pointers and committing 14 turnovers. But the Celtics outscored the 76ers, 64-48, in the second half and dominated with a 56-28 rebounding edge.

Jrue Holiday pitched in 13 points while Derrick White had only six points but came up big with three blocks in the first quarter which was a key factor in Boston’s defense.

Maxey carried the offensive load and led the Sixers with 32 points and five assists. Philadelphia has lost four of its last five and is just 4-8 since Joel Embiid was sidelined with a knee injury.

Ricky Council IV came off the bench and scored 16 points for the Sixers. Substitutes Cameron Payne and Mo Bamba tallied 13 and 10 points respectively.

Brown’s 18 points in the opening minutes carved out a 53-51 advantage for Boston heading into halftime.

The 76ers were able to cut down a 14-point deficit to 11 entering the last quarter and turned on a scoring frenzy to inch closer to Boston, 91-89 with 8:49 more to play.

Boston responded with 15 straight points, including eight from Tatum, who scored 15 of his 29 in the final frame. With the run, the Celtics built themselves a 107-89 cushion with 4:31 remaining.