Boston Celtics

Aug 23, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) shoots past Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the first quarter in game four of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kemba Walker led the team with 30 points, Jayson Tatum added 28, and the Boston Celtics finished off a sweep of the Philadelphia 76ers with a 110-106 win in Game 4 on Sunday. It marked the first time in history that the C’s swept the Sixers in 15 playoff series.

Walker continued his hot scoring since the C’s lost Gordon Hayward to a sprained ankle. His point totals went up with each game in the series (19, 22, 24, 30). The All-Star point guard shot 8-for-15 from the field, including 4-for-9 from three-point range.

Tatum went 10-for-15 from the field in the 28-point effort. It was a much-welcomed bounce-back from scoring just 15 points on 6-for-19 shooting in Game 3.

Hayward’s absence led to increased minutes at other positions, most notably guard Marcus Smart. Smart scored eight points on 3-for-6 shooting on Sunday and, thanks to his typically tenacious defense, finished with a team-high plus-12 rating in 42 minutes.

The C’s await the winner of the series between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets in the second round. It’s likely to be Toronto, which holds a commanding 3-0 lead in that matchup.

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