The Boston Celtics had multiple chances to beat the 76ers yesterday, but they couldn’t escape Game 4 with a win. James Harden was the hero of the night for Philadelphia in more than a few ways. His 42 points led the Sixers and his clutch three-pointer gave them a one-point lead with less than 20 seconds left. Harden is the first 76er since Allen Iverson to have multiple 40-point games in a postseason.
After his 45-point performance in Game 1, James Harden struggled after that. That was until his 42 points vs the Celtics yesterday to tie the series at 2-2. Philly narrowly escaped with a 116-115 as Marcus Smart’s three-pointer did not beat the buzzer.
It was a hard-fought game from both sides and Harden’s clutch three-pointer would be the difference. Tying the series brings new life to the Sixer’s locker room. They are now in a best-of-three series and need to win two of the next three to advance. Two of the games will be on the road and the task will not be easy.
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James Harden led the 76ers yesterday with 47 minutes played in Game 4
The Philadelphia 76ers needed a win last night and James Harden was answering the call all game long. It took OT to decide Game 4 and the Sixers prevailed, 116-115. Harden nearly had a triple-double with 42/8/9 along with 4 steals and 1 block. He was 16-23 from the field and 6-9 from deep.
Philly needed this type of game from Harden if they wanted to win yesterday. League MVP, Joel Embiid, is still not 100 percent and is wearing a large knee brace. Embiid looked gassed in the fourth quarter and OT of Game 4. Luckily, Harden was on his game last night and was able to deliver a clutch game-winning three.
Game 5 is tomorrow night at 7:30 pm EST. The series shifts back to Boston and the Celtics will look to bounce back after a tough loss yesterday. NBA betting sites have the Celtics at (-300) to win Game 5 at home.
Source: Basketball Insider