Joel Embiid, Sixers struggle in loss to the Celtics

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Joel Embiid, Sixers struggle in loss to the Celtics

After a tough loss to start the season in the form of Gordon Hayward's season-ending injury, the Boston #Celtics suffered two losses on their record.

Ben Simmons continued his impressive start to his National Basketball Association season, posting another double-double in Philadelphia's 102-92 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Boston jumped out to an early lead tonight after a 24-21 first quarter.

With a raucous sell out crowd spurring them on, Philly were well in the contest heading into the fourth quarter, trailing 72-69, but a 33-20 final frame put the game to bed, thanks largely to some timley jumpers from backup point guard Shane LArkin, who finsihed wiht 10 points on the night.

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The end result was a 102-92 victory in Philadelphia for the Celtics. #Al Horford contributed 17 points while grabbing three rebounds, while rookie Jayson Tatum had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been outspoken recently regarding minutes restrictions and the team's conservative plan to keep him healthy, and he admitted frustration Friday when he disclosed he hasn't yet been cleared to play in back-to-backs. Rookie Ben Simmons also had a double-double, scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Philadelphia finished the game shooting just 38 percent from the field, and 31.3 from three.

Embiid missed a flat-footed 3-pointer, and though Jaylen Brown missed from downtown, Irving stole the inbounds pass.

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