Boston Celtics

Jan 14, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dribbles the ball against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Within one minutes-long burst of offense in the first quarter, the Philadelphia 76ers sealed a comfortable win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. The Sixers led by as much as 22 and won by a 111-99 final at the Wells Fargo Center, on a sloppy night of turnovers for the C’s.

Jaylen Brown scored to make it 14-12 Sixers with 4:51 left in the first quarter, but from that point on, Philly took over. Getting contributions from all over the lineup, the Sixers went on an 18-2 run to finish the first quarter up 32-14.

During that same span, the Celtics went 1-for-8 from the field as a team, and Jayson Tatum committed three turnovers by himself. Boston could never cut the deficit to single digits for the rest of the game.

The Celtics didn’t have a bad shooting night overall. They shot 47.4 percent as a team, compared to 44.7 percent for the Sixers. But the most striking statistical disparity was in the turnovers: 20 total for Boston, compared to nine for Philadelphia.

Brown and Tatum combined for 67 points in the Celtics’ previous game, a 119-100 win over the Pacers. The pair scored only 41 points on Friday night, on 14-for-35 shooting.

Up Next: The Celtics fly back to Boston and get right back to work on Saturday, when they take on the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden.

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