Joel Embiid: 'I'm the Most Unstoppable Player in the League'

Joel Embiid: 'I'm the Most Unstoppable Player in the League'

The Celtics entered the night three games behind the 76ers in the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics' physical, picket-fence defense had again taken Ben Simmons out of the game, shutting off his driving lanes and leaving Embiid to shoulder the entire offensive load.

Marcus Smart headed to the locker room early Wednesday.

The Celtics also lost Aron Baynes with a sprained ankle in the second quarter.

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Philadelphia would go on to win 118-115, giving the Sixers their first win over the Celtics in four tries this season.

Not even Kyrie Irving (36 points), who finished with 30-plus points in his fourth consecutive game, could overcome the Sixers' offense. Joel Embiid led all scorers with 37 points and 22 rebounds. They've traded away all of their assets for two expiring contracts (Butler, Harris) with the confidence that they have more than a legitimate shot at winning the east and competing for an National Basketball Association title. Rozier had himself quite the postseason series vs. Philly, too, as he averaged 19 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists in the five-game series win.

Ever since the two teams met at the playoffs previous year, both have developed bad blood for one another.

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