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Marcus Morris plays important role in rally over Sixers — Celtics notebook

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Montrelle Montesinos | 13 Enero, 2018, 12:20

The Cavaliers have dropped 6 of 8 dating to a Christmas defeat at Golden State.

As they repeated the first half of that feat with a comeback victory over the 76ers on Thursday, the East-leading Celtics provided more evidence that they can emulate that 2008 squad.

The game had your everyday back-and-forth, until things late in the final quarter suddenly got a little heated than usual.

The 76ers hope they are nearing the end of 'The Process' - several years of fielding losing teams which has helped them amass a young core of elite talent, led by Embiid and Simmons - through the draft system.

"It was a strong hit", Simmons said.

Embiid shot just four-of-16 from the floor and missed all six of his three-point attempts in his previous outing against Boston in October.

"That was pretty awesome over here in London, man, in the O2", said the Australian-born Irving, who opted out of a chance to play for Australia at the 2012 London Oympics in order to pursue an international career with the USA. "I'm trying to get some rest and I know for that 71⁄2-hour trip back, I'm probably gonna sleep the entire time".

Irving acknowledged that their offense wasn't flowing early as they played for the first time since edging the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

It was one-sided from there, with the favorites using a wide variety of weapons to build as much as a 19-point lead.

The Celtics took their first lead midway through the third quarter, and soon took control as Morris and fellow reserve Marcus Smart stretched the lead.

"There's no real panic but we had to play a lot better".

The second-best defense during that stretch, which belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, owns a 100.9 rating. Simmons was whistled for the foul, Morris drew a technical foul and was even booed when he went to the line.

Simmons came up third among the Eastern Conference guards after the second returns of fans' All-Star voting for next month's game, and speaking in London earlier this week he suggested that making the cut would put him out of sight for the rookie award. Moreover, they have become dangerous two-way weapons that have been key to Boston becoming the top defensive team in the NBA.

But the 76ers were not afforded the opportunity to laugh at Brown's kiss. "The Celtics are one of the league's youngest teams, as only the lottery-bound Lakers and Suns boast lower average ages than Boston's 24.5; not a single Celtic is older than Cleveland's average age".

However, with Tatum there are fewer glaring deficiencies in his game.

James and his struggling Cavaliers absorbed their most-lopsided rout of the season, overwhelmed by the Toronto Raptors 133-99 on Thursday night.

The Boston Celtics rallied from 22 points down to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103 and boost their NBA title credentials at the O2 Arena.

The Blues were well represented as Spanish trio, Pedro and Marcos Alonso were also spotted.