Kyrie Irving Forces Overtime and Then Decides It as Celtics Top 76ers

BOSTON — Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime for six of his 40 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to a 121-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Irving, who forced overtime on a jump shot with 20 seconds left in the fourth, also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who trailed, 113-108, with 3 minutes 33 seconds left in the extra period before rallying behind Irving.

Ben Simmons’s two free throws with 2:15 left put the Sixers ahead, 114-112, but Philadelphia did not score again.

Irving’s 3-pointer with 3:01 left gave Boston its first lead of overtime, 115-114. Then, after a miss by Philadelphia, Irving hit another 3-pointer with 1:28 left, and Boston fans leapt to their feet.

Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris scored 23 apiece for Boston.

Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 34 points, making all 12 of his free throws, and pulled down 16 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 24, J J Redick had 17 points, and Ben Simmons added 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers.

The Celtics led by 57-51 at halftime, but Philadelphia used a 15-2 run in the third while shooting 60 percent in the period and led, 89-86, entering the fourth.

Wilson Chandler got open for a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left, and the Sixers led, 108-106. Irving responded with a 13-foot jumper to tie it at 108-108 with 20 seconds left.

Redick missed a jumper just before the buzzer, and the game went into overtime.

This was only the second game on Christmas Day since 2004 that went to overtime, joining Miami’s win over New Orleans in 2015.

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