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Takeaways from the Sixers' 115-109 win over the Celtics: Embiid's dominant performance; Harris versatility

Marc Narducci,, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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BOSTON -- The 76ers ended Boston's homecourt dominance with Thursday's 115-109 win over the Celtics at TD Bank Garden. It was Boston's first home loss of the season.

Here are some takeaways from the game.

Embiid's all-around dominance

This was by far Joel Embiid's best game of the year.

The Celtics weakness is their interior defense and Embiid continually exploited it. Embiid is getting better at recognizing double team, although he still puts the ball on the floor for too long and that is where many of his turnovers come from. He did make a conscious effort to post-up more any time the Celtics didn't double-team him, they were usually burned by Embiid.

He also was an effective passer, taking advantage of being double-teamed and hitting cutting teammates for layups.

 

For good measure he hit a three that extended the Sixers lead to 100-92 with 4:04 left and scored many other key points down the stretch. This performance may have to have his critics reassess their comments about him.

Harris' versatility a key

Once again Tobias Harris showed great versatility in his offensive game. In the fourth quarter alone he scored three early baskets by hitting a driving hook shot, then was good on a 14-footer and that was followed by a layup, as he moved off the ball well and took a Kyle O'Quinn feed down low. His versatility has made him much more difficult to defend.

Another big Scott start

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