The Sixers entered this week 0-8 against the top three Eastern Conference teams: the Celtics, Cavaliers and Raptors. "I think we are in a good position right now," Ben Simmons said. All season long, a downfall of the Sixers has been giving up leads.
When it's not there, you get games like the one we saw on Thursday night as Philadelphia held off a late surge by Boston to defeat the Celtics 89-80. Now the knee-jerk reaction is to praise Philadelphia for playing a great game defensively. And to the Sixers' credit, they did a lot of good things defensively. "I just didn't think we played hard enough on offense," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens who prefaced his statement by praising the Sixers as being a good team defensively.
Joel Embiid is headed to the NBA All-Star game for the first time, and he celebrated with another impressive performance. Embiid scored 26 points and matched a career best with 16 rebounds, leading the 76ers to an 89-80 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Dario Saric scored 16 for Philadelphia, which won for the sixth time in seven games.
Joel Embiid had 26 points, 16 rebounds and six assists in an overall dominant effort, and the visiting Philadelphia 76ers held on to defeat the Boston Celtics 89-80 Thursday night at TD Garden. Embiid starred after learning earlier in the day that he was selected as a starter in the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. Embiid was the first Philadelphia player selected to start since Allen Iverson in 2009-10.
For Boston (34-12), it's only the third time this season they have lost back-to-back games. Jaylen Brown did his part in the fourth with big plays at both ends of the floor, including a 3-pointer with 2:23 to play that cut Philadelphia's lead to 86-76 which led to a Sixers time-out.
The Sixers narrowly avoided a regular-season sweep by the Celtics with a 89-80 win Thursday night. The Kyrie Irving-less Celtics cut the Sixers' 21-point lead down to seven with two minutes to play, a margin that seemed closer because of Boston's swarming defense. The Sixers went scoreless for two minutes before T.J. McConnell hit a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry led the voting for NBA All-Star Game starters announced on Thursday and will serve as team captains in the league's new-look mid-season exhibition on February 18. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was the top vote-getter among fans in the Eastern Conference and overall, garnering 2,638,294 votes. Golden State Warriors star Curry led the balloting in the Western Conference with 2,379,494 fan votes.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry will select the rosters for the NBA All-Star game after being named team captains under the new setup. The All-Star game format, which traditionally has been formed as Eastern Conference versus Western Conference teams,
Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo has been suspended for two games without pay for throwing a punch at the Minnesota Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica, the NBA announced on Thursday. Afflalo and Bjelica were both ejected with 7:28 remaining in the second
For the first time ever, this year’s NBA All-Star Game will feature two captains picking their respective teams from a pool of starters selected by fans, fellow players and media members. After all the votes were tallied, the league announced the captains on TNT on Thursday night, and the guys who’ll be choosing sides … well, you’ve seen a lot of them the last few summers. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the top overall vote-getter in fan balloting, and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who led all Western Conference players in voting, will act as the captains in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game next month in Los Angeles.