Instant Replay: Celtics 114, Sixers 108

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Instant Replay: Celtics 114, Sixers 108

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There would be no late-game heroics for the Sixers this time around against Boston.

After using a buzzer-beater to edge the Celtics last week, the Sixers couldn’t get over the hump late in a 114-108 loss to the C’s on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The loss dropped the Sixers’ record to 15-35.

Turning point
The Sixers had six opportunities in the final 7:15 to cut the Celtics’ lead to just two points, but they were never able to convert.

The final chance came with 25.5 seconds remaining when Michael Carter-Williams dribbled the ball off his foot and out of bounds.

It was Carter-Williams’ fourth turnover of the game with all of them coming in the fourth quarter.

Follow the leader
Jeff Green led all scorers with 36 points. He was 11 of 18 from the field, 5 of 7 from behind the arc and 9 of 12 from the foul line.

Center Jared Sullinger had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Celtics.

Rajon Rondo, who missed last week’s game between the two teams, was in the starting lineup on Wednesday. He scored eight points, grabbed nine rebounds and tallied 11 assists.

Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 20 points.

Spencer Hawes had his 17th double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Lavoy Allen posted his second double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Stat-egic
The Sixers’ bench outscored the Celtics’ reserves, 41-19.

However, the Celtics were able to make up that difference at the free throw line. The Sixers shot 17 of 20 at the foul line, but they had 13 fewer than Boston.

Take a bow
Tony Wroten hit a 58-foot shot as time expired in the third quarter to cut the Sixers’ deficit to six points and bring the fans to their feet.

Wroten finished with 18 points and four assists off the bench.

What’s next?
The Sixers return to action on Friday night when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.

Former Sixer great Charles Barkley summed up his opinion on the Lakers during an appearance earlier this week on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Barkley, who is not one to sugarcoat things, said “this team stinks.”

The Lakers will come to town with a 17-32 record. Former Sixer Nick Young is leading the team with 17.1 points per game.

Despite trade speculation continuing to swirl around him, Pau Gasol is still averaging a double-double with 17.0 points and 10.2 rebounds a game.

The Sixers beat the Lakers, 111-104, back on Dec. 29.

Cousin of Sixers' Ben Simmons killed in hit-and-run accident Saturday

Cousin of Sixers' Ben Simmons killed in hit-and-run accident Saturday

The cousin of Sixers No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Saturday morning.

Zachary Simmons, 21, was struck by a black SUV around 3:30 a.m., CBS New York initially reported. Ben Simmons confirmed the death of his cousin on Twitter.

Zachary Simmons' mother, Monique Steel, said she was told by police that the driver was going at least 70 miles an hour. She also told CBS2 in New York that her son was out Friday for a friend's birthday and was celebrating the night before with his first cousin, Ben, following the NBA draft.

Investigators are analyzing pieces of the SUV and checking surveillance video in attempt to find the driver.

Ben Simmons, a native of Australia, has roots in New York where his father Dave was born. 

St. Joe's forward Isaiah Miles earns summer league invite from Dallas Mavericks

St. Joe's forward Isaiah Miles earns summer league invite from Dallas Mavericks

Undrafted St. Joe's forward Isaiah Miles will play for the Dallas Mavericks summer league team in Las Vegas, the university announced on Saturday. 

Miles averaged 18.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks last season as a senior. He shot 52.3 percent from the field and 88.8 percent from the line, making 142 of 160 attempts. Miles was named the 2015-16 Most Improved Player for the Atlantic 10 and Big 5. 

Miles worked out for the Sixers during the draft process. Last month he left the pre-draft combine in Chicago to attend his graduation in Philadelphia, and then returned to the Windy City after the ceremony. He earned a bachelor's in criminal justice. 

"Getting a degree, at the end of the day, is the most important thing," Miles said after his Sixers' workout. "I just wanted to do it for my mom. Walking across the stage and seeing the smile on her face was huge."

Miles' college teammate DeAndre Bembry was drafted 21st by the Hawks on Thursday.

Sixers have hurdles to clear with draft picks before summer league

Sixers have hurdles to clear with draft picks before summer league

Summer league action begins on July 4 and the Sixers are working through constructing their roster for both Utah and Las Vegas. 

The Sixers expect first overall pick Ben Simmons to participate, but formalities have to be taken care of first. First-round picks cannot sign their NBA contract until July 1. After the paperwork is finalized, he can take the court for his new team.

“We just need to work out all the details and try to get that all taken care of,” president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Friday. “Once that is addressed and discussed and taken care of, there shouldn’t be anything that would hold that process up. We’ll get the ink on paper as soon as possible. I think it’ll be a clear path at that point.”

Simmons deferred to his agent, Rich Paul, when asked about his participation. 

“You would like for a guy to step in there, but obviously there are some things that, me personally, I’m going to have to protect him with,” Paul said. “If everything is good, then we look forward to it. Until then, we’ll see what happens.” 

Paul added, “I think we’ll be OK, but you just never know.”

The Sixers will compete in summer leagues in both Utah and Las Vegas. They will begin practicing in Utah on July 1 and play games July 4-7. The team will then travel to Las Vegas for the Samsung NBA Summer League, where their first game is July 9 against the Los Angeles Lakers and No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram. The summer league in Las Vegas is tournament-style, with the championship game on July 18. 

There is more work involved for the Sixers’ 24th pick, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, because of his international contract with Mega Leks in Serbia. 

“I believe Luwawu is subject to playing,” Colangelo said. “The only thing that would stop him from being available and able to sign a contract is that process of the three-party agreement, the buyout and the FIBA clearance before he can sign a contract.”

Furkan Korkmaz, the 26th overall pick, is not expected to play as he is participating with the Turkish national team. 

“I would just put that as a no, highly unlikely because of the circumstances,” Colangelo said. 

Dario Saric has until July 17 to notify his team in Turkey if he will play for them next season or join the Sixers. Even if Saric makes his decision during the summer league period, Colangelo said it would be “highly or not likely” that he participates because he recently completed his season. There is no new update on Saric’s impending decision. 

The Sixers will round out their summer league rosters with current players and free-agent signings. T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes and Christian Wood are expected to play. James Webb III, who participated in a pre-draft workout for the Sixers, signed a deal with the team following the draft and is expected to participate in summer league (see story)