The Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 95-86 in Game 6 of their series on Thursday night and were able to force a Game 7 despite a slow start from Jayson Tatum.
Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxi bore the brunt for Philadelphia, but the 76ers failed to take full advantage of Tatum’s struggles, leading only 73–71 through three quarters. James Harden also made costly mistakes along the way.
It was a missed opportunity for Philly, as Tatum turned it up a notch in the final quarter, eventually finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
But was the final score something that could have given the 76ers a slip, or was it a case of the Celtics reaching out and taking the win? In other words, did Philadelphia lose the game or did Boston win?
Shannon Sharp shares her thoughts on this with Skip Bayless on “Undisputed”.
“If you’re the Sixers, you’ve got to get kicked in the head,” Sharp said. “Jason Tatum had one point at the half and three points at the end of three quarters. Tatum was terrible, but for five minutes he played like one of the top five players in the world.
Tatum scored 16 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter—including going 4-for-5 from 3-point range—to propel Boston on a 14–3 run through the final 5:57 of the game.
“He single-handedly beat the Sixers,” Sharpe said. “The Sixers need to kick themselves in the head. If they lose the series, I don’t know if Doc will come back. I’ll be honest with you – I think the Sixers lost this game – no, I’m going to say that Boston has lost and won.
Celtics Avoid Elimination Vs. Sixers, as Jayson Tatum scored 16 points in the fourth quarter
Harden finished with 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, but struggled with a game-high five turnovers. He went 0-for-4 from the field, 0-for-2 from 3-point range and 0-for-2 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
The Sixers as a team went cold in the fourth, scoring just 13 points on 5-for-20 shooting and 0-for-8 on 3, leaving the door open for Boston to take some shots and tie the game. Finished late to take over … what they did
Game 7 is Sunday in Boston.
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