James Harden turned again the clock on Monday night time and helped ship a surprising Sport 1 victory over the Boston Celtics within the Japanese Convention semifinals, 119-115.
Harden delivered with 12 seconds left within the sport.
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He acquired the ball in his palms down one level and arrange a play during which he would have Celtics middle Al Horford guarding him. Harden dribbled to the middle of the three-point arc and buried a shot proper within the massive man’s face to up two factors. Paul Reed would hit two extra foul pictures to seal the sport moments later.
Harden completed with 45 factors on 17-of-30 capturing with six assists and two steals. He and the 76ers took the sting within the collection with out Joel Embiid who’s coping with a proper knee harm.
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Tyrese Maxey had 26 factors, 4 steals and two assists. Reed added 10 factors and 13 rebounds.
Boston and its followers had been shocked as soon as the ultimate buzzer sounded.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 39 factors on 14-of-25 capturing in 44 minutes. He had 11 rebounds and 5 assists as properly. Marcus Sensible had 12 factors, seven assists and three rebounds whereas Horford had 11 factors, six rebounds and three assists.
Boston shot higher than Philly – 58.7% from the sphere in comparison with 50.6% for the 76ers. The Celtics additionally outrebounded the 76ers 38-28. Nevertheless, the 76ers shot 44.7% from three-point vary. Boston was solely 38.5%.
The Celtics are the defending Japanese Convention champions.
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Sport 2 is ready for Wednesday night time in Boston.