Philadelphia 76ers: 3 takeaways from important win over Boston Celtics

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The Philadelphia 76ers finally did it.

THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS BEAT THE BOSTON CELTICS. I REPEAT, THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS BEAT THE BOSTON CELTICS. 

It happened. It finally happened. After losing 4-1 in the 2018 conference semifinals and dropping the first three games of the season series, the Sixers were able to put an end to the Celtics’ rivalry dominance (for now).

Powered by Joel Embiid‘s 37 points and 22 rebounds, the Sixers were able to claw themselves back from a considerable deficit, using a chippy third quarter to gain momentum before closing the game strong.

There are still concerns regarding a potential Sixers-Celtics matchup in the playoffs, but the Sixers at least know it’s possible. There has to be a huge psychological burden lifted after last night’s victory.

Now boasting a stranglehold on the No. 3 seed, the Sixers are looking at homecourt advantage against the Pistons, Nets or Heat in the first round, barring an unforeseen decline. The Celtics, theoretically, will inhabit the other side of the bracket.

Here’s what we learned from the big win.

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