Instant Replay: Sixers 113, Celtics 108


Instant Replay: Sixers 113, Celtics 108


The Sixers took their only season series on Monday night with a 113-108 win over the Boston Celtics in their home finale at the Wells Fargo Center. The victory was the Sixers’ third of the season over the Celtics.

The Sixers got a gift from Chris Johnson with 0.9 seconds remaining when he pulled up for a game-tying three-pointer that rattled in, but his foot was out of bounds when he pulled up for the shot.

The Sixers are now 18-63 with one game remaining in the regular season.

Turning point
Henry Sims made a 12-foot baseline jumper with 25.1 seconds remaining to put the Sixers up 110-105.

On Boston’s ensuing possession, the Celtics had a five-second violation on the inbounds pass to give the Sixers the ball back and help them hold on for the win.

Follow the leader
Michael Carter-Williams had a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Of Carter-Williams’ boards, 13 of them came on the defensive end of the floor. He also had six assists and four steals.

Tony Wroten had quite a game as well, scoring 20 points. The 63.6 percent free-throw shooter also had a good night at the line, making 6 of 7 from the charity stripe.

Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 28 points for the Celtics, while Jeff Green added 27 points of his own.

Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double with eight points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

The Sixers scored 64 points in the paint compared to Boston’s 36. They also won the fast-break battle, 23-8.

Take a bow
With 4:47 to play, Thaddeus Young hit a straight-away three-pointer to put the Sixers up 102-96.

Young shot poorly for the game (5 of 16), but he did finish with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

What’s next?
The Sixers will end the season as they began: A date against the defending champion Miami Heat.

With the Heat already losing the Eastern Conference’s race for the No. 1 seed to the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday’s tilt will be meaningless for Miami. LeBron James and Chris Bosh did not suit up for the Heat’s game on Monday against the Washington Wizards and it is likely they will do the same in the regular-season finale.

The Sixers split the previous two meetings this season, winning on opening night by four points and losing on Jan. 17 by 15.

Report: Nerlens Noel expected out 3-5 weeks after left knee surgery

Report: Nerlens Noel expected out 3-5 weeks after left knee surgery

It appears the Sixers' frontcourt logjam may not be an issue early on.

Nerlens Noel, who is having surgery Monday for an inflamed plica in his left knee, will miss the first three to five weeks of the season, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Noel suffered a left groin injury in the first preseason game against the Celtics and missed the rest of the preseason. While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

It's been an odd start to the season for Noel. The big man was outspoken about his displeasure with the Sixers' frontcourt situation early in camp. With the deadline for Noel's rookie contract extension approaching on Oct. 31, the team has not had conversations about it, according to a report.

The Sixers are already without No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons as he recovers from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. The team will also be without their starting point guard Jerryd Bayless who is dealing with a ligament issue in his left wrist. Bayless won't require surgery and will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

MIAMI — A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

The singer was identified by the Heat as Denasia Lawrence. It was unclear if she remained in the arena after the performance, and messages left for her were not immediately returned.

Heat players and coaches stood side-by-side for the anthem, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. Many had their heads down as Lawrence sang, and the team released a statement saying it had no advance knowledge that she planned to kneel.

"We felt as a basketball team that we would do something united, so that was our focus," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue. We've had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action."

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand for its playing. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports -- and many levels, from youth all the way to professional -- have followed his lead in various ways.

"All I can say is what we've seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in New York earlier Friday, at a news conference following the league's board of governors meetings. "It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do."

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though was aware of Lawrence's actions.

"At the end of the day, to each his own," Ellington said. "If she feels like that's the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her."

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

"I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans," Tysse wrote on Facebook. "I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability."