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Celtics put perfect home record on line vs. Sixers

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Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics

  1. Philadelphia has won back-to-back games against Boston after going 3-21 in the teams' previous 24 meetings. The 76ers' last three-game win streak against the Celtics came in the 2006-07 season.
  2. The 76ers beat the Nuggets on Tuesday, 97-92, their 11th win in 13 games. Philadelphia is 10-0 this season when holding its opponent below 100 points, the most such wins without a loss in the NBA.
  3. Boston lost to Indiana last night, 122-117, after getting outscored 38-23 in the fourth quarter. The Celtics had won 17 straight games when scoring 110+ points -- their last previous loss when scoring 110+ came on March 23 against the Hornets, 124-117, after getting outscored 35-19 in the fourth quarter.
  4. Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 22 points and 10 rebounds and added six assists in Tuesday's win over Denver. Philadelphia has won 18 of the last 20 games when Embiid has had at least four assists.
  5. Kemba Walker scored 44 points in the Celtics' loss yesterday. For his career, Walker's teams are 5-12 (.294) when he scores 40+ points, the worst such record for any player in the last 50 seasons (minimum 10 games). Over the last two seasons, that record is 1-7, which the win coming vs. Boston last season.
  6. Jayson Tatum has had seven career games with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, and three have come in his last four meetings with the 76ers. The last Celtics player with three 20/10 games against an opponent at age 21 or younger was Antoine Walker, who had five against the 76ers.
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The Boston Celtics will look to improve to 11-0 at home when they face the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

Boston is one of three NBA teams still undefeated at home, a list that includes the 76ers (13-0), who are 5-7 on the road, however. The Miami Heat are 11-0 at home.

Philadelphia hosted the Celtics in both teams' season opener on Oct. 23, with the Sixers winning 107-93.

In that game, point guard Kemba Walker was held to 12 points on 4-for-18 shooting in his Boston debut. Walker has turned things around since then, and he is coming off a season-high, 44-point outing in a 122-117 road loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

"He gave us a chance to be in the game," coach Brad Stevens said. "Kemba really showed up and played great."

Walker had a chance to tie the score at 120 with a 3-point try with 4.2 seconds remaining, but instead he airballed it, and Boston's four-game winning streak ended. The Celtics fell for just the second time in their past eight games.

Boston blew a 10-point lead over Indiana in the fourth quarter, during which Gordon Hayward exited following a palm to the nose by the Pacers' Doug McDermott.

"Just got hit in the nose and immediately couldn't really see much," said Hayward, who said he went through concussion testing and would be re-evaluated Thursday morning before his availability for the Philadelphia game is determined. "Felt pretty dizzy."

Hayward returned Monday from a month-long absence following surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand. Meanwhile, Boston has played its past two games without guard and team leader Marcus Smart, who is dealing with an eye infection and is day-to-day.

The 76ers enter having won three straight and seven of eight. Philadelphia was last on the floor Tuesday, when it closed out a 97-92 triumph over the visiting Denver Nuggets on two Joel Embiid free throws with 15.3 seconds remaining.

Embiid, who led the team with 22 points, reveled in the moment after he ended the third quarter with an acrobatic basket, taking to center court to shimmy and raise his arms up to the cheering crowd. Such scenes were commonplace early in his career, but the fourth-year big man has said he has tried to cut down on it this season as a sign of maturity.

"When I'm having fun, I dominate," he said. "This year, I don't know, I can probably count on one hand how many times I've done it. ...

"I need to start doing it again, because that's how I'm gonna dominate."

Another Philadelphia big man, Al Horford, should elicit a reaction from the crowd in Boston on Thursday as he returns for the first time since his three seasons with the Celtics. Horford is expected to receive a warm welcome after leading the club to the Eastern Conference finals twice during his tenure.

"It'll be fun," 76ers guard Ben Simmons said. "I love playing in Boston, and Al is returning. It's going to be loud in there, but I'm looking forward to it."

--Field Level Media

Updated December 12, 2019

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