Boston Rallies Back to Defeat Philadelphia in London
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21-year-old Jaylen Brown led Boston with 21 points to give the Celtics their seventh straight victory by a score of 114-103.
The Celtics trailed by 22 points in the middle of the second quarter, but drastic improvements on both ends of the floor allowed Boston to take their first lead of the game with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Marcus Morris, who has been battling a knee injury the entire season, finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds over 24 minutes of action. Veteran Al Horford flirted with a triple-double by putting up an impressive 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists.
On the Philadelphia 76ers side of things, Joel Embiid achieved 15 points and 10 rebounds, while JJ Redick led all scorers with 22 points. Neither of these performances were enough, as the Celtics forced 19 turnovers.
This was the eighth NBA London game and took place at the O2 Arena. It was also Boston’s second-largest comeback of the season and came four games after their incredible win against the Houston Rockets who once led by 26.
Head Coach Brad Stevens who has garnered league-wide praise netted his 200th regular season NBA victory today, and the Boston Celtics improved to 3-0 against the Philadelphia 76ers this season.
The two squads will meet again on Jan. 18 in TD Garden as Philadelphia will attempt to avoid a sweep.