Instant Replay: Sixers 113, Celtics 108

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Instant Replay: Sixers 113, Celtics 108

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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.

Stat-egic
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.

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story). 

Joel Embiid 'shoots the ball with the touch of like Steph Curry'

Joel Embiid 'shoots the ball with the touch of like Steph Curry'

NEW ORLEANS -- Of all the players Joel Embiid could be compared to, a similarity between a 7-foot-2, 270-something-pound center and a 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard wouldn’t seem like a match.

That’s exactly what Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry sees, however, when looking at Embiid and reigning MVP Steph Curry.

“He’s different than anybody that’s been in this league in a long, long time,” Gentry said Thursday before the Sixers win over the Pelicans. “He’s a tremendous talent, he really is. I’ve never seen a guy that size, and with that kind of strength, that’s got such a soft touch. He shoots the ball with the touch of like Steph Curry. It’s so soft when it leaves his hand.”

Curry is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from three. Embiid is 45.8 percent from the floor is 44.2 percent from long range.

Embiid flashed a big smile and paused to react when hearing of Gentry’s praise. He had been feeling hard on himself after going 0 for 5 beyond the arc against the Pelicans (see story).

“Steph is probably one of the best shooters in the league right now," Embiid said. "So that compliment means a lot."