Cavaliers suffer a 34-point loss — Thursday's NBA roundup

Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright goes up for a basket past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade and guard Isaiah Thomas as Raptors forward OG Anunoby watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday Jan. 11 2018 in T

Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright goes up for a basket past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade and guard Isaiah Thomas as Raptors forward OG Anunoby watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday Jan. 11 2018 in T

The Celtics looked brutal out there, and then Tatum turned things up a notch.

The Boston Celtics rallied from 22 points down to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103 and boost their NBA title credentials at the O2 Arena.

Embiid and Simmons, two interior players, combined to shoot 48.3 percent from the field. "I really want to come back to change that". Despite ending the quarter pointless, Embiid was able to make an impact on defense, notably swatting away Irving's attempted layup. The Celtics came out on top, 113-104, after recovering from a slow start.

"We stayed the course", Stevens said.

"As a head coach it gives you confidence that you'll stay the course and madness that you don't start better".

At the other end there were key contributions from Jayson Tatum and Al Horford, who both scored in double figures, while Marcus Morris chipped in with a crucial 19 points from the bench. Lou Williams finished with 30 points and six assists for Los Angeles, one night after scoring a career-high 50 against defending-champion Golden State.

"Just a little bit of frustration kicked in", Morris said of his shove to the Philly rookie.

Perhaps it was the time difference, jet leg or the unfamiliar days off they'd had in preparation for this game, but the usually unflappable Celtics look rattled. "We just need to correct whatever has been careless the whole season and that's turnovers and fouling a lot".

"But I promise you that won't happen again".

"But it's a good shot". It is what it is.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was also on hand, as were Manchester United's iconic former manager Alex Ferguson and former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack and British cycling hero Bradley Wiggins.

Veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick only joined the Sixers this past summer, signing as a free agent after deciding not to renegotiate with the LA Clippers.

"Its always great to believe in fate", Irving said.

Arsenal target Julian Draxler made the quick trip from Paris to catch the game between the Atlantic Division rivals.

Basketball is a game adored by people of all ages and that was evident as Sir Alex Ferguson watched the action unfold in North Greenwich.

Simmons is as known for his confidence as Tatum is for his shyness, and it was telling when both players were asked about their award prospects. His playing time has been boosted by the season-ending injury sustained by Gordon Hayward, but he has proved himself a useful component in Brad Stevens' lineup. How quick the game comes, how many games we played, against good teams. When that does not work, though, he regularly comes up short.

The second round of All-Star voting was released yesterday, with Kyrie Irving (1,370,643) the leader by a substantial margin among Eastern Conference guards, and third in the conference overall behind LeBron James and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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