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Joel Embiid played his first game on Wednesday after being chosen MVP, but his Philadelphia 76ers could not celebrate it with victory since they fell resoundingly 121-87 against the Boston Celtics who tied the Eastern Conference semifinal 1-1 nba
The Cameroonian center missed the first game of this series due to a knee injury and, on his return to the courts, added 15 points (4 of 9 shooting, 7 of 8 from the personal line), 3 rebounds and 5 blocks in 27 minutes (none of the figures of the two teams played in the last quarter because the game had already been decided).
After their disappointment in the first game, the Celtics recovered wonderfully and crushed the Sixers in the second game, especially in a devastating third quarter (35-16).
Jaylen Brown (25 points) and Malcolm Brogdon from the bench (23 points) added efforts to cover the gray game of a Jayson Tatum with foul problems (7 points with 1 of 7 shooting).
For his part, James Harden, after his magnificent performance on Monday (45 points), had a night to forget this Wednesday with 12 points and 10 rebounds with an unfortunate 2 of 14 in shots to the basket and 0 of 6 in triples.
No player coached by Doc Rivers exceeded 20 points and the Sixers accumulated a dismal 6 of 30 on 3-pointers against a solid 20 of 51 for their rivals.
The series will now travel to Philadelphia, where Game 3 will be played on Friday.