Both the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers entered Friday night’s contest with a 2-2 record to begin the season, but it’s the team from Philly who emerged victorious with a 106-100 win on the road.
The 76ers have been the NBA’s worst offensive team this season, averaging just 83.3 points before their contest against Boston. Those troubles continued early against the Celtics, but the team was able to prove it can put the ball in the bucket, scoring triple digits for the first time this year.
Boston is the team that first found the offensive touch in this one, but like its last two games against the Washington Wizards—one at home and one on the road—a hot start was erased early with a 15-4 run by the Sixers. Courtney Lee came out of the gate sinking three of his first four shots, but the rest of the Celtics were just 1-of-11 at one point, and the team went into the second quarter down three points.
The Sixers were the more efficient, more aggressive team in the first half, as evidenced by their 12-point lead going into halftime. The Celtics, however, came out in the third quarter more willing to attack the rim. Their offense looked better almost immediately, but their lack of defense is what gave Philadelphia an 83-74 lead heading into the final period.
The fourth quarter was back-and-forth when it came to momentum, but Philly was eventually able to pull away, as its lead from early in the game proved to be too much for Boston to overcome.