The Boston Celtics put on an impressive performance in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers, dominating with a 121-87 win to even the series at one game apiece. After a lackluster showing in Game 1, the Celtics bounced back in a big way, showcasing their offensive firepower and aggressive defense to secure a crucial victory on their home court.
One of the key factors in the game was the return of Sixers center Joel Embiid, who had missed Game 1 due to an LCL injury. While his presence was undoubtedly felt on both ends of the court, it was not enough to tip the scales in Philly’s favor. Embiid finished the game with 15 points, three rebounds, and five blocks, but the Celtics were able to contain him and limit his impact.
Boston’s offensive performance was impressive, with the team shooting 46.7% from the field and an impressive 20-for-51 from beyond the arc. The Celtics also recorded 26 assists and only six turnovers, showcasing their ability to move the ball and find open shots. Jaylen Brown led the way for the home team with 25 points, three rebounds, and four assists, while Jayson Tatum struggled with foul trouble and only scored 7 points in 19 minutes of play.
On the defensive end, the Celtics were notably more aggressive than in Game 1. Rather than sitting back and trying to lock down the paint, Boston got in the faces of the Sixer’s guards, disrupting their rhythm and limiting their time and space to work with. This approach paid off, as the Sixers shot just 20% from beyond the arc, and star player James Harden was held to just 12 points after scoring 45 in Game 1.
Marcus Smart was a standout performer for the Celtics on both ends, contributing key plays on offense and anchoring the team’s defensive efforts. His tenacity and focus set the tone for the team and helped them take control of the game. Overall, the win was a strong showing for the Celtics and an important one, as they now head to Philadelphia for the next two games with the series tied at one game apiece.