The Boston Celtics lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 89-80, while the Cleveland Cavaliers ended their four-game losing streak in the NBA. Boston struggled without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving on Thursday as the 76ers won for the fourth time in five games. The Celtics' 80 points was a season-low and their worst offensive performance since December 15, 2015 when they were held to 77 points by the Cavaliers.
When word emerged that Joel Embiid had been voted an Eastern Conference All-Star starter before Thursday's game in Boston, Philadelphia 76ers coaches and teammates flocked to his locker stall to celebrate the moment. That parade of well-wishers included Sixers coach Brett Brown, who came over from the coaches' room to offer a congratulatory handshake then gushed about what Embiid's nod means to the Sixers franchise as a whole. – just from that small sample size is now on the All-Star team and starting? Embiid celebrated his All-Star nod with a monster effort against the East-leading Celtics, putting up 26 points and 16 rebounds as Philadelphia prevented Boston from completing a four-game season sweep with an 89-80 triumph at TD Garden.
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,