The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers took a few days off and flew all the way to London for the NBA London Game. Both teams were able to spend some time to go around the city to take in some sights and for promotional activities.
That long break could have been one of the reasons for the Celtics’ slow start. According to Kyrie Irving, he told the guys to “ease some of the cobwebs off.” Boston faced down a 22-point deficit midway through the second period. The Celtics leaned on Irving and Jaylen Brown to lead them back to a 114-103 win.
The Sixers adjusted to the travel and the break quickly and got off to a good start. JJ Redick led Philly with 13 points after the first period. The team also clamped down on the Celtics defensively, limiting them to only four points in the first few minutes of the second period, allowing them to build a big lead.
But Irving and Brown woke up near halftime. Brown got the run started with a three-pointer from the corner. Irving then joined the scoring party with a floater and a three-pointer to cut the lead down even further. Boston went on a 20-8 run to cut the lead to single digits heading into halftime.
The Celtics took full control of the game in the third period. Irving hit back-to-back three-pointer early in the third quarter to cut the Philadelphia lead down to just three points. Brown and Jayson Tatum then took over to give Boston the lead heading into the fourth period. The Celtics wouldn’t let go of the lead until the end.
Irving led the way for the Celtics with 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists, putting on a show in front of the packed O2 Arena Crowd. Brown added 21 points and three steals while Tatum had 16 points.
Watch the post-game press conference which was attended by Irving and Brown.
Photo from the Boston Globe