The Philadelphia 76ers 2023 NBA Playoff run has come crashing down in a 112-88 ugly loss to the Boston Celtics.
Coming off of a first-round sweep against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs, the Sixers come up small once again in a second-round loss against their bitter rivals.
The Sixers took a 3-2 lead as the series went back to Philadelphia for Game 6. They started slow in Game 6 but had an impressive turnaround at the start of the second half.
Unfortunately, the Sixers went cold in crunch time. As the Celtics put together a dominant run in the fourth quarter, the Sixers ultimately came up short in Game 6.
The Sixers walked into an intense environment at TD Garden on Sunday. The Celtics had a clear home-court advantage from the start of the game.
Celtics forward Tatum knocked down nine of his 16 shots and six of his eight free throws for 25 points in the first 21 minutes of action.
Sixers duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden struggled. Through 21 minutes, James Harden knocked down just two of his eight shots from the field and Embiid converted on just four of his 12 shots.
The Celtics held a 55-52 lead at halftime. The Sixers fell totally flat in the third quarter. The Celtics dominated offensively, draining nearly 60 percent of their shots.
The Sixers couldn’t muster more than ten points coming out of the half and the Celtics came out on fire which put them up 88-62. At that point, it was evident the Sixers were headed for elimination.
With the season on the line, MVP Joel Embiid came up small. He shot just 28 percent from the field, totaling 15 points.
Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum hit on 61 percent of his shots and produced 51 points. He put on an MVP-caliber performance to push his team past the Sixers.
With a 112-88 loss to the Celtics, the Sixers come up short in the second round for the third-straight season.
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