The Boston Celtics lost starting forward Gordon Hayward in Game 1 of their series against the 76ers, but it didn’t seem to matter on Wednesday night. Thanks to a commanding 128-101 win over the Sixers, the Celtics took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series. All-Star forward Jayson Tatum again led the way for the Celtics with 33 points, five rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes of action. The Celtics also got major contributions from Jaylen Brown (20 points, five rebounds) and Kemba Walker (22 points, four rebounds). Marcus Smart and Enes Kanter also both chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Joel Embiid again paced the Sixers with 34 points and 10 rebounds, but his production wasn’t enough to propel the Sixers to a much-needed win. The fact that the Sixers missed forward Ben Simmons, who is sidelined for the series following knee surgery, was evident on both ends of the floor thus far in this series. The Sixers have struggled to lock down Boston’s perimeter players defensively, and they have also struggled to generate open opportunities on the offensive end. It was certainly a tough night for Philadelphia, but the players don’t have time to hang their heads, as they will have to regroup and look to bounce back in Game 3 on Friday night.