Boston Celtics fight back to claim 2-0 series lead

By May 4, 2018



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Boston Celtics hold a 2-0 lead over Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals after fighting back at TD Garden.

 
Boston won the first game with relative ease as they held a lead they never relinquished from the second quarter but Game 2 was a different affair.

The Sixers led 31-22 after the first quarter and held a 22-point lead at one stage but the Celtics rallied to claim a 108-103 win and take a 2-0 lead into Games 3 and 4 in Philadelphia.

Phillies star J.J. Redick led the scoring with 23 points and Joel Embiid produced another big display for the Eastern Conference’s third seeds but Boston proved too strong on the night.

Jaylen Brown says he ignored doctors orders to return, although Celtics coach Brad Stevens played down any injury fears after the game, and he made an impact with some important points at key moments as Boston went on a 20-5 run to end the first half.

Philadelphia didn’t let their heads drop after blowing their huge early lead however, and in the fourth quarter they went five points ahead but back-to-back three-pointers from Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris helped the Celtics reclaim the lead as they picked up a crucial victory.

Game 3 takes place on Saturday night in Philadelphia and the winners will come up against either Toronto Raptors or Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cavs lead Toronto 2-0 after two games in Toronto and they are 1.50 to win Game 3 of their series, while the Raptors can be backed at 2.63.