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CELTICS 114, SIXERS 112: C's headed back to East Finals!

CELTICS 114, SIXERS 112: C's headed back to East Finals!”

Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds for Boston, which will play Cleveland for the second straight year for a spot in the National Basketball Association finals. The 76ers then fired back with an 11-3 spurt for the 107-103 edge with two minutes to go before Boston's series-clinching response.

He could have made things more hard for the 76ers by missing the second one on objective, and forcing them to go the length of the court with the clock running.

On Boston's final possession, Smart would knock down one of two free throws to make it a two-point game, 114-112.

Still, Smart was one of the Celtics' unlikely heroes on the night, something that's been a theme for them throughout this season without Gordon Hayward and these playoffs without Kyrie Irving.

The Philadelphia 76ers were in their first playoffs since 2012, with Joel Embiid scoring 27 points and adding 12 rebounds but missing a lay-up late in the game which may have been vital.

Game 4 certainly felt the most like a throwback to the Celtics-76ers battles in the 1980s, thanks to an increased level of chirpiness between players that produced some face-to-face moments and multiple technical fouls.

The 76ers took the lead to on a Marco Belinelli three-point play to open the second quarter, and the teams traded baskets for much of the stanza with neither squad garnering an edge more than four. Sixers guard T.J. McConnell leads all scorers with seven points, while teammate Ben Simmons and Celtics Al Horford and Jaylen Brown have six.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid didn't try to squash any bad blood with Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier when asked about the pair's in-game scuffle Monday night.

The Celtics will play Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year. But Dallas pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 107-95 win behind Dirk Nowitzki's 31 points.

Boston has a 3-1 series lead after winning the first three games of the conference semifinals.

Harnessing that energy will be paramount in Boston for Game 5 on Wednesday.

The fans helped them rally and tie up Game 3 in the final seconds of regulation time only to see Boston hold on in OT after blowing an early 10-point lead.

The Celtics continued to answer with big shots of their own. He misses the free throw and he's the first guy back and gets the steal. Drew Bledsoe joined the fun by recording a video that was played for the TD Garden crowd during Game 7. He scored 27 points as he went 9 for 18 from the field and 0 for 4 from three. Redick also ran into foul trouble with five whistles.

Tatum was sensational and led the way for Boston with 25 points, the seventh straight game the rookie has scored 20 or more for the Celtics.

After trailing for the previous three minutes, the Celtics took the lead back when Smart hit Tatum with a pass for a 111-109 lead with 22.5 seconds left.



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