2 Studs (& 1 Dud) From 76ers-Celtics Shootout

The 76ers lost a heartbreaker Friday night against the Celtics. 3 players' performances stood out in the game.

Dec 1, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Referee Bill Kennedy (55) talks with Philadelphia 76ers
Dec 1, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Referee Bill Kennedy (55) talks with Philadelphia 76ers / Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 1, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts to having a
Dec 1, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts to having a / Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Dud: Jayson Tatum given 2nd technical foul, ejected late in 3rd quarter.

Tobias Harris was certainly a candidate for the dud of the game, as it was not his night. It was a below average night for him in points (14) and rebounds (5). What hurt the most was his 4 turnovers and only being able to go 1 of 3 from the free throw line.

But you have to take the shots at a division rival when given the opportunity, right? Last time Jayson Tatum hosted the Sixers in Boston, he sent them home in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals by dropping 51 points. This time, however, ended much differently than that.

Jason Tatum scored 21 points in 27 minutes before getting ejected late in the 3rd quarter after committing his 2nd technical foul (the second coming after jawing at the ref). Tatum was not happy with the referees all night, constantly upset after both foul calls and no calls.

With his frustrations boiling over, he became sloppy with the ball, turned it over seven different times. The Celtics, though, are high scorers. They still had six other players, including the four other starters, in double digits.

There was a late rally by veterans Al Horford and Jaylen Brown to help take the lead from Philly and eventually pull away for the win, but it came with no help from their all star leader when it was crunch time.

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