Instant Replay: Sixers 97, Celtics 85

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Instant Replay: Sixers 97, Celtics 85

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NEWARK, Del. -- The Sixers improved to 2-1 in the preseason with a 97-85 win over the Celtics at “The Bob” on the University of Delaware’s campus.

The Sixers trailed the Celtics by one point after one quarter. They were apparently easing into their third preseason game because in the second quarter they outscored Boston 34-17 to lead by 16 at halftime.

The Sixers had 15 assists on their 21 first-half field goals. However, they did commit 12 turnovers. They finished with 23 turnovers for the game.

Royce White made his debut with the Sixers, but it did not last long. He entered the game at the 6:03 mark of the first quarter and departed with 3:21 to go in that same quarter after picking up his fourth foul.

Turning point
Spencer Hawes scored 13 of the Sixers’ 34 second-quarter points. Hawes was 5 of 8 from the floor in that quarter, including 3 of 4 from long range.

Hawes finished the game with 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Defensively, the Sixers held the Celtics to 6-for-20 shooting in that quarter as well.

Follow the leader
Thaddeus Young led the all scorers with 20 Points on 9-for-15 shooting.

Jared Sullinger had 19 points to lead the Celtcs. Kelly Olynyk added 13 points, while Jordan Crawford had 12.

Stat-egic
Michael Carter-Williams scored six points, grabbed six rebounds and had six assists. Through three games, MCW has 16 assists and just one turnover.

Take a bow
James Anderson made his third straight start at shooting guard. He played just 24 minutes but was 6 of 10 from the floor for 16 points. He also pulled down six rebounds

Tony Wroten, who averaged 18 points in the first two games, scored just four points. However, he did display his typical hard-nosed style of play while handing out six assists.

Wroten will certainly be a fan favorite for the Sixers.

What’s next?
The Sixers will host the Brooklyn Nets Monday at the Wells Fargo Center, their fourth of seven preseason games. 

Report: Sixers 'will take a hard look' at Jrue Holiday in free agency

Report: Sixers 'will take a hard look' at Jrue Holiday in free agency

Has The Process come full circle?

The Sixers "will take a hard look" at point guard Jrue Holiday in free agency, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe

Holiday, of course, was the Sixers' starting PG from 2009-13, before he was traded on draft night by then-GM Sam Hinkie for Nerlens Noel and a future first-round pick (which became Elfrid Payton, who was traded for Dario Saric).

In four seasons since, Holiday has averaged 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.4 steals for the Pelicans. He's fought injury and missed 122 games since joining New Orleans.

The Pelicans have Anthony Davis but little else. They're going to need to make some tough decisions moving forward and one will be with Holiday.

As Lowe points out, there aren't many teams in need of a point guard — he lists the Sixers, Kings, Knicks and maybe the Magic as players for a PG in free agency.

"[Holiday] fits what [the Sixers] need around Ben Simmons, and the hilariousness of Philly bringing Holiday back after flipping him to start The Process is irresistible," Lowe writes.

Holiday has never been a great three-point shooter but he's been decent from long-range his entire career, topping out at 39 percent and sitting at 36.8 percent over eight NBA seasons.

He's coming off a four-year, $41 million contract, and although he has a lengthy injury history, he'll still command a nice-sized contract in free agency, especially with the cap expected to increase again.

Sixers merchandise sales on the rise along with win total

Sixers merchandise sales on the rise along with win total

Between recent wins and Joel Embiid’s All-Star push, fans are buying their Sixers gear.

According to Fanatics.com, a sports apparel website partnered with the four major sports, the Sixers rank fourth among all NBA teams in total merchandise sales over the past seven days. The Warriors, Cavaliers and Bulls are ahead of them.

Joel Embiid was the fifth-best selling player over that period. His popularity has risen during his enthusiastic All-Star campaign, which included celebrity shoutouts and an outpour of social media activity. Embiid is now up to 553,000 Twitter followers.

The Sixers have ranked in the league’s top 10 of merchandise sales since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. They hold the largest year-over-year increase during that time frame in the NBA this season.

In September, Ben Simmons ranked in the top 10 of NBA players in merchandise sales since draft night.

Sales from the Sixers' and NBA's official online stores are included in these statistics.