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NBA: Celtics lose without Irving as Cavaliers end skid

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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.

Source – sports.yahoo.com

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Joel Embiid celebrates All-Star nod with monster night vs. Celtics, brushes off Rihanna

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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.

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Celtics score season-low 80 points in loss to Sixers

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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.

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Embiid powers Sixers past short-handed Celtics

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.

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James, Curry will captain teams in new-look All-Star Game

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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.

Source – sports.yahoo.com