Celtics-76ers: Cities brace for epic showdown

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During the team's impressive 117-101 Game 1 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the second-round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, Rozier lived up to his nickname. Terry Rozier scored 29 points while shooting 7-of-9 from beyond the arc, while Philly looked lethargic in its first game in six days.

As well as the young pair, veteran Al Horford was huge on the night as he posted 26 points on a hugely efficient 10-of-12 from the field, as well as adding seven rebounds and four steals.

Joel Embiid led all players in points and rebounds, but he was exploited regularly in a Game 1 loss to the Celtics. Furthermore, the Sixers are unlikely to continue to shoot as poorly as they did Monday - 19.2 percent from 3-point range - and the Celtics probably will regress a bit after shooting the lights out in Game 1.

After earning nearly a week off following their series against the Miami Heat, many expected the Philadelphia 76ers to have a slight advantage over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 on Monday night, even if they were forced to play on the road instead of home.

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The Boston Celtics take Game 1 from the Philadelphia 76ers, 117-101, at the TD Garden on Monday night. The crowd in Boston.

"I never felt we were in the game", Brown said afterward. "He's gonna have to play like that for the rest of his time, the rest of the series, in order for us to keep going the way we're going". "He's starting to understand what he needs to do and its great to see for our team".

The Sixers entered play Monday ranked second among playoff teams in assists per game (26.6) and finished with 22 in Game 1. We didn't want any setbacks with him.

"I think our fans are louder than that", Embiid said. "It didn't bother me, you know".

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Guys like Dario Saric, Robert Covington and Markelle Fultz (who did not play because of coach's decision) will ultimately need to become more consistent for this team to reach their full potential. Brett Brown and his troops must commit themselves to each other on the defensive side of the floor.

"Give [the Celtics] credit".

Interestingly, Charles Barkley was a member of the Sixers when he accomplished that feat back in 1986 - a good eight years before Embiid himself was even born. Embiid again wore the mask he has needed since missing 10 straight games - including the first two of the playoffs.

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