BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime for six of his 40 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to a 121-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Irving, who forced the OT on a jump shot with 20 seconds left in the fourth, also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who trailed 113-108 with 3:33 left in the extra period before rallying behind Irving down the stretch. Ben Simmons’ two free throws with 2:15 left to put the Sixers up 114-112, but Philadelphia didn’t score again. Irving’s 3-pointer with 3:01 left gave Boston its first lead of overtime at 115-114, then after a miss by Philadelphia, Irving hit another 3-pointer with 1:28 left and Boston fans leaped to their feet and cheered louder than they had all night. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris scored 23 apiece for Boston and Terry Rozier had 10 points. Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 34 points, making 12 of 12 free throws, and pulled down 16 rebounds. Jimmy Butler … [Read more...] about Kyrie Irving scores 40, leads Celtics to 121-114 OT win over Sixers
SEPTA and Dunkin’ have teamed up for a pretty solid one-day holiday season partnership: free subway rides home, and a lot of gift cards for hot beverages. On Dec. 22, when the Flyers and Sixers both play at the Wells Fargo Center, SEPTA will be offering free Broad Street Line rides originating from NRG Station. At the same time, Dunkin’ representatives will be handing out $10,000 in free $5 Dunkin’ gift cards. Two thousand potential gift cards up for grabs? Those are pretty good odds.It’s important to remember, of course, that rides to the game, and rides originating from any station other than NRG Station, will still cost SEPTA riders the normal price. Philadelphia is one of 12 cities across the country benefitting from Dunkin’s “Dozen Days of Joy” holiday push program, according to a release. SEPTA is also offering free rides home from NRG Station after the Eagles’ Week 16 game against the Texans on Dec. 23, thanks to a partnership with … [Read more...] about SEPTA and Dunkin’ offering free gift cards, rides home from Sixers, Flyers games
I'm sure that headline got your attention. To be clear: I did not ask for that hypothetical, I don't think trading Joel Embiid for just about anyone is wise, and the odds that he would ever be traded for Anthony Davis are slim to none. I want to make sure that is clear from the jump because lord knows I do not need people suggesting I am itching to trade the best and most beloved Sixers player since Allen Iverson.However, the Sixers mailbag is a product of the people, and this is one of the many questions you folks had for me this week. Since I am a man of the people, and since that is easily the splashiest question I received, that's where we will start off this week.So strap in and let's go on an adventure. As a general rule, throwing Embiid into any trade scenario is a non-starter for me. The guy is a transcendent talent, a force of personality, and a leader in ways people do not always see. He is the tone-setter for this franchise, period.But a swap for Anthony Davis is interesting … [Read more...] about Sixers mailbag: Would you trade Joel Embiid for Anthony Davis?
They came, they saw, they sucked big time. The Sixers got absolutely obliterated by the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, falling 123-96 in the second half of a back-to-back. There are nights when you just don't have it, and this was like if you combined one of those games with the bench of a mid-tier team in the Adriatic League. A terrible game on almost every front, as you can read about below. The Good • Joel Embiid has been an all-world defender from basically the moment he hit an NBA floor. But his shot-blocking instincts sometimes take him away from where he needs to be, clearing space for a pass or a layup at the rim. In recent weeks, there have been signs of Embiid stifling his desire to snuff out all comers, with Embiid doing an excellent job of keeping himself planted to the ground when opponents try to get him to bite on pump fakes. It's subtle, but it's an important line for him to walk. He has long been one of the NBA's best players at using his length to deter … [Read more...] about Instant observations: Sixers get blown out by Spurs in second half of back-to-back
Ben Simmons had 22 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Philadelphia 76ers past the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday. It was Simmons' third triple-double this season and the 15th of his career, and he completed it with more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Simmons also had zero turnovers in 32 minutes. Simmons was 9 of 15 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line while coming within one assist of tying a career high. Joel Embiid added 24 points and nine rebounds, while Jimmy Butler returned from a two-game absence due to a strained groin to score 19 points. Landry Shamet scored 16 points, JJ Redick added 14 and Wilson Chandler had 11 for the Sixers, who rebounded after a home loss to the Indiana Pacers two nights earlier. READ: Dunn, Markkanen rally Bulls late to beat Spurs, 98-93 Cedi Osman and Jordan Clarkson each had 18 points for the Cavaliers, who fell to 5-12 at home. Rodney Hood and Matthew Dellavedova contributed 13 points … [Read more...] about Simmons’ triple-double carries Sixers past Cavs