Here’s your Celtics-76ers recap as the C’s came back from a massive early deficit to beat the Philadephia 76ers 114-103 at the O2 Arena in London.
The C’s trailed by as many as 22 points before storming back starting late in the second quarter. After the Sixers built a 49-27 lead, the Celtics went on an 87-54 run for the rest of the game to turn a huge deficit into an easy win.
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Rookie sensation Jayson Tatum caught fire in the second half with 14 points and 16 total.
Tempers flared in the fourth quarter when the 76ers’ Ben Simmons lowered his shoulder for a hard foul on the Celtics’ Marcus Morris. The latter got up and shoved Simmons, who walked away without incident. Officials intervened before the incident got out of hand.
Celtics-76ers Recap: By The Numbers
— The Celtics are now 9-4 when trailing by 12 or more points in a game. Perhaps even more impressive, they’re 5-4 when trailing by 17-plus.
— Sixers big man Joel Embiid finished just 6-for-17 shooting for 15 points and turned the ball over four times.
— Kyrie Irving ended up with 20 points, but did not have his most efficient game. He was just 7-for-20 from the field, including 3-for-10 from three-point range.
— Al Horford came up two rebounds and three assists short of a triple double with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in the game.
— Morris paced the Celtics bench with 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Celtics-76ers Recap: What’s Next?
Both teams will head back home and take the weekend off from game action. The Celtics return to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 16 against the New Orleans Pelicans at TD Garden. The Sixers, meanwhile, get the Toronto Raptors at home on Monday, Jan. 15.