Celtics rally from 22 down

JJ Redick had 22 points and hit five 3-pointers for Philadelphia, but the 76ers were unable to take advantage of their fast start as the Celtics' NBA-best defense tightened at O2 Arena.

The Celtics, however, have won six in a row and Irving, speaking at a media day ahead of the game, believes his team are refreshed and ready to deal with the 76ers and their rookie sensation Ben Simmons.

It spoon-feeds its European fans clips and highlights on Facebook pages (34.7 million followers on its main page, a further 1.4 million on its United Kingdom version), Twitter (27.2 million) and Instagram (26.2 million) accounts - making the days of grainy internet radio seem as outdated as underhanded free throws.

While the Celtics have exceeded expectations after losing free-agency acquisition Gordon Hayward to a horrific ankle injury on the opening night of the season, the 76ers have struggled to maintain consistency.

The huge run took nearly exactly 24 minutes of game time - or, essentially, two quarters of play.

His giant frame and strong defensive skills have helped lay the platform for Melbourne-born star point guard Kyrie Irving to flourish and Baynes is revelling in being part of the NBA's most successful franchise.

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"None of us can leave thinking, 'oh turnovers are fine, '" Brown said. Brown praised him for carrying the ball, leading the team and "growing to be a leader". Griffin added an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double.

The Eastern Conference leaders continued to pull clear, with Marcus Smart's three-pointer bringing up three figures with seven minutes left to play - making it a 69-31 Boston run in 21 minutes of action.

"I'm a victor, I'm competitive but at the same time it's also for the fans", Embiid said. Rozier, who scored a team-high 20 points off the bench in Boston's win over Cleveland on Wednesday, has paired with Smart to really impact Boston's previously inconsistent second unit.

Winning a seven game series in the playoffs is a completely different story, but we are at least at a point where it does not feel like the top of the west should blow away the top of the east.

The commissioner told i that the National Basketball Association is looking at Premier League models of youth development in which each team has an academy of amateur players.

Everything seemed to be going Philadelphia's way and a huge block from Joel Embiid had the crowd on their feet.

Robert Covington, 76ers: "This is a once in a lifetime experience".

"We started to play better defensively, get stops, and that momentum carried into the third [quarter]", Al Horford said of their comeback. For one, scheduling. In the 17 days from December 8 to December 25, Boston played 11 games, including three sets of back-to-backs.



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