Al Horford Leads Kyrie Irving-Less Celtics Past Ben Simmons, 76ers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 12: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on February 12, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Gordon Hayward led all scorers with 26 points as the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Al Horford had 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals for the C’s, and Jayson Tatum added a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Joel Embiid led the 36-21 76ers with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Jimmy Butler contributed 22 points and nine boards, and Ben Simmons had 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.

The Celtics, who are also 36-21, are now tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with Philadelphia.

Boston was without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who suffered a right knee sprain against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Irving is “day-to-day.”

                       

What’s Next?

Both teams play Wednesday. The C’s will host the Detroit Pistons, and the 76ers will face the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

      

This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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via Bleacher Report – NBA http://bit.ly/2gMI6gF

February 12, 2019 at 07:53PM

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