Gordon Hayward shows how Celtics Sixers hit again

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Boston Celtics is still the Philadelphia 76ers, regardless of who is on the court.

Gordon Hayward made 26 points, including point 3 progressing with 1:50 left, and Boston hit Philadelphia 112-109 on Tuesday. Al Horford had 23 people and scored Jayson Tatum 20 and scored 10 rebounds to help the Celtics continue their efforts over the Sixers.

Playing without all-Star point guards, Kyrie Irving, who sprained his knee Saturday, the Celtics hit the Sixers for the third straight meeting of this season after breaking them in five games in the half-end of this Eastern Conference worn.

"There was a lot of opponents against the quality, especially on the road without Kyrie, it was huge," said Hayward.

Joel Embiid was 23 points and 14 rebounds and Jimmy Butler 22 scored for Philadelphia.

Hayward 3 out of the Boston corner up 105-103 and Marcus Smart sent a free throw. The Sixers had a chance to connect when Jimmy Butler went on the line for three free throws, but two lost. After turnover, the ball embodied lost a minute left. Then clever flow over Ben Simmons for dunk to extend the lead to 108-104 with 24 seconds left. Butler made a free driving and throwing flow to 108-107.

After spending two free throwing Horford, Tobias Harris 3 lost and Embiid returned it with only 2.4 seconds left. Butler could not get disappointed 3 in a while before the worst got the first game in three years ago Harris got into a mobility club last week.

"This is a new team," Simmons said. "We are doing things we need to improve, but it is a good test to see where we are working with this new team. But we look forward to everyone we have and see who as long as we can go. "

The Celtics responded to the call in their first game since Marcus Morris questioned the team's negligence after giving 28 results to the Clippers and 18 points to the Lakers at their home court.

"Clunkers have good teams, but good teams respond to those who have the right and right-handed approach," said Brad Stevens, the Celtics coach.

Both teams are connected to the fourth place in the East with a record 36-21.

"We realize that a Festival was playing at a high level," Horford said. "We had disappointed losses at home. I felt that our dots were against the wall, so we all have to come out and set the tone and we did it."

After going forward for the first half largely, the Sixers opened the third quarter running 9-0 to take a 55-52 lead. 3 pointer JJ Redick played the role. Minutes later, Simmons shook the crowd driving around Tatum and wearing down a thunderous hollow right hand handed. But Tatum responded to the other side with a move turning around Embiid and dunk over Simmons.

Not disturbing

The NBA said the president of Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, did not break any set series rules when he talked about working with Simmons in the offseason. The investigation began on Sunday's announcement that Simmons wanted to meet Johnson to talk about art as an elite point guard. Johnson Simmons praised publicly on Sundays. Sixers, GM Elton Brand, said Monday, he told Simmons already that he would not allow it.

Tip-ins

Celtics: Improved to 14-13 on the road. Horford was 6 out of 23 out of the arcade over his 10 most recent games before he did 3 of 5. Morris had 17 points.

76ers: Rural to 23-7 at home. … Embiid 9 was 22 out of 22, including 2 out of 8 from a 3 point range. … Harris was 0 out of 6 over the arcade.

Up to us

Celtics: Hosting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

76ers: Visit New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

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