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Sixers celebrate early, but Boston Celtics prevail in extra time

06 May 2018

The shot fell short, giving the Celtics another chance to win the game. During the break, the Celtics gathered on their bench.

"I was like, 'Man, let's just go, '" Horford said.

You know the 76ers will have adjustments, and they know how much better their top players have to be. "Every player has that night", Mitchell said.

When play resumed, Horford made some big-time plays in the final seconds.

On the verge of victory in Game 3 of their second-round National Basketball Association playoff series with the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston let a regulation win slip through its fingers as Marco Belinelli delivered a clutch, game-tying basket as the fourth-quarter buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime.

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At some point, we have to give them credit, right? It set up a thrilling back-and-fourth final frame that saw four lead changes. The Celtics trailed by as much as 22 points, 48-26, with 6:20 left to play in the first half before rallying.

But Brad Stevens' strategy of resting his starters down the stretch might be paying dividends, as Al Horford and Rozier are averaging 35 or more minutes this series. It looked like it was going to be a heartbreaking loss right then and there. The Sixers started out Game 2 looking like the team we expected to see. And we have to perform better.

Another note on the home court advantage, the Sixers did lose a game at home against the Heat early on in the series, but the Celtics are also winless on the road in the playoffs so far.

With 19 seconds left in overtime and the Sixers up 98-87, Simmons grabbed an offensive rebound of an Embiid miss. One fan waved a sign that said "Philly Special 2.0" as a nod to the trick play called that allowed Foles to catch a touchdown pass against the New England Patriots.

However, their playoffs experience led the way thanks to key performances from Boston's talent such as Terry Rozier and Al Horford. Philadelphia led 94-89 with 3 minutes, 41 seconds left in overtime.

Embiid scored 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for Philadelphia. "We really just tried to stay focused on each play, and go from there".

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A desperation heave by would-be hero Marco Belinelli hit back iron from 30 feet at the buzzer. The result didn't shock Stevens. "It's a unique group in that regard".

Philadelphia disappointed in most categories in games 1 and 2. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is also a contender. Simmons would make the highlight reel with a behind-the-back pass to a charging Embiid for a thunderous dunk over Aron Baynes.

Rookie forward Jayson Tatum led Boston with 24 points, including a pair of acrobatic drives to the basket that sparked the Celtics overtime comeback. Date: Saturday, May 5; Time: 5 p.m. ET; Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; TV: ESPN; Live stream: WatchESPN.com or WatchESPN app.

In the waning moments of Saturday's overtime, there was a pair of miscues in the final 46 seconds, too. "He's got guts. He's a competitive guy".

"I think somewhere at the five-minute mark and we brought Joel (Embiid) and JJ (Redick) back into the game in the second period".

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Sixers celebrate early, but Boston Celtics prevail in extra time