Cameroon's Joel Embiid added 16 points and Aussie Ben Simmons chipped in 15 for Philadelphia and for a time it looked as if the eighth regular-season nba game to be played in London could see the 76ers on the right side of the kind of blowout that fans there saw last year, when the Denver Nuggets trounced the Indiana Pacers 140-112.
The NBA rookie of the year fancy, Simmons did his All-Star hopes no harm, but it was a night to forget for Philadelphia in the NBA's annual London game at a sold-out O2 Arena. Terry Rozier also contributed two three pointers, one of which pushed Boston out to a 9-point lead early in the fourth.
The Boston Celtics made adjustments during the half after being down over 20 points, and put together an incredible comeback in the second half of the game.
Toronto's Josh Donaldson, Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange.
"The only thing that's different is I'm up all night because of the time difference".
Despite having lost all three games to the Celtics this season, Embiid is confident the 76ers could compete in a seven-game series. "We've got to try to pick it back up and find it".
"It's hard to guard him by yourself so our team mindset is to make it hard for him, to get tough looks".
LONDON - The NFL is heading to a new destination in London, and the first match-up at English Premier League club Tottenham will be the Oakland Raiders against the Seattle Seahawks in October.
In Marcus Morris' estimation, the worst part about a minutes restriction is that it deprives a player of rhythm.
Lowry missed his second straight game after he was injured in a heavy fall in overtime of Monday's win at Brooklyn. Simmons threw a forearm at Morris as he worked his way through a screen that Morris set, sending the veteran to the ground. In a direct matchup with Tatum in the opening quarter, he spun away from his man, crossed the paint and hooked in for two. "Before this season, 142 teams since the advent of the shot clock played with a weighted average age younger than 25, and they were generally awful, finishing with an average.365 winning percentage, which translates to a 30-52 record".
"For me to come here, I appreciate these types of moments".
The Toronto Raptors used a balanced attack to crush Cleveland 133-99 on Thursday, handing LeBron James' struggling Cavaliers their most lopsided loss of the season. There were plenty of "Trust the Process" chants from Sixers fans, and just as many "Let's go, Celtics" chants from Boston fans. However, Irving finally made a 3, sparking a strong Celtics finish to the half as they closed to 57-48. The Celtics have surrendered just 100.3 points per 100 possessions against team's with top-10 offenses this year, a full 3.7 points better than the second-rated Spurs.