Celtics drop Sixers for second time this summer

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Celtics 88, Sixers 83 – Box Score

Boston and Philadelphia played down to the wire last week in Utah, with Jayson Tatum hitting the game-winning shot with seconds left. The two sides ran it back in Sin City Tuesday night, except this time around, the Sixers were missing Markelle Fultz. But they did have second-round pick Mathias Lessort making his NBA debut after receiving clearance from FIBA to participate in summer league, so, fair exchange?

Once again, Tatum carried a heavy load for the Celtics, especially after “7-11” compatriot Jaylen Brown sat out the second half with a bruised thigh (suffered in a mid-air collision with Jonah Bolden). Tatum recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds, including a crucial bucket in the game’s final minute, as Boston did just enough to keep the Sixers at bay.

With the loss, the Sixers are now 1-2 in Vegas, and will enter the elimination, playoff bracket portion of the week Wednesday.

Game Notes:

  • Thank goodness for Jonah Bolden, the breath of fresh air in a mostly stagnant performance. He didn’t have the best performance from the field overall (4-12 FG), but hit 3 of 6 three-point attempts, showing off true NBA range from all parts of the arc. His final line was 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals, including a terrific swipe of Tatum that showed off his lightning-quick hands once again.

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was sporting a bandage on his lip in his first game back since getting 5 stitches, and led the team with 16 points, albeit on 4-13 shooting. He did go 3-5 from behind the arc, which is all he’ll really need to do offensively when he plays with the main roster. A for Effort just for lacing them up tonight, though.
  • As mentioned, Mathias Lessort made his Sixers debut, scoring 4 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. He showed off pretty good range with a made jumper (and another that came just after the shot clock expired), which was a pleasant surprise. Lessort does need to adjust to the different physicality/officiating over here, as he was whistled for 4 fouls in his limited time on the floor.
  • Melo Trimble had a hot night shooting, knocking down 3 of 5 triples for 13 points in 13 minutes. We’ll see if can string together a couple good performances in a row.

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