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Sixers' Simmons cups and ear, listens to AI

Sixers' Simmons cups and ear, listens to AI

They were up to their comeback tricks again during Thursday night's 108-103 Game 2 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, erasing a 22-point deficit with a furious run in the second quarter.

Marcus Smart started and finished with 19 points, five boards, three assists, and two steals while Al Horford had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

There's been a lot of hand-wringing about his brutal performance in the last 24 hours, with some critics wondering whether the basketball media has perhaps been too hasty in anointing him a superstar. Hart rang the bell before Game 2 of the Sixers' first-round series against the Miami Heat, and he cheered on Meek Mill when the rapper rang the bell before Game 5.

J.J. Redick led all scorers with 23 points. He attempted just four shots - all misses. Brown wound up giving it a go and delivered off the bench with 13 points and four rebounds. "I am going to have bad games".

76ers: Outrebounded the Celtics 49-41. He might have a different feeling now that Game 2 has ended. Brown immediately scooped up a loose ball and threw down a jam to get the crowd on their feet.

All the momentum had shifted back to the Celtics when halftime hit, and they once again looked like the dominant team that blew out Philadelphia in Game 1.

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The advantage was 79-75 heading into the fourth, and there the smallest Sixer put the bite on Boston.

The reserve swingman brings a physicality that has been missing from the Sixers in the first two games of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Boston Celtics. Game 3 tips off tomorrow in Philly at 5:00 p.m. ET.

"I'm not saying that he can't score but he wants to pass, " said Rozier, who had another strong game with 20 points and nine assists. Boston seems to be taking a physical approach with Simmons, effectively cutting off his ability to drive and create for his teammates.

His first-year counterpart, Jayson Tatum, continued to thrive, pouring in 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting. "Just going with him, we stick together, we talk with each other off the court and just go from there", said Fultz.

Five Celtics and three Sixers, who have played in at least one playoff game prior to the 2017-18 season, registered at least 20 minutes in Game 1. Let's just say things didn't go so well for Hart and his beloved Sixers. He had 22 points while shooting 8-for-15, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers. Considering the Celtics swapped picks with the Sixers at No. 3, with Philly going for MarkelleFultz and the Celtics for Tatum, it's a draft night deal that may rankle Philly fans for quite some time. He shot 0-for-4 from the field. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app. Brown, who just returned from injury, had 11 points in a crucial stretch in the second period.