The Celtics demolished the 76ers 121-87 with a hail of three-pointers to level the conference semi-finals series 1-1 despite Philadelphia being boosted by the return of MVP Joel Embiid.
After a four-point Game 1 defeat where Embiid sat due to a knee injury, Boston returned to home court and blew out the visitors with 20 three-pointers to six.
The Celtics never trailed after the first quarter, leading by eight points at half time before a third-quarter explosion.
Boston ran riot in the third term, outscoring the 76ers 35-16 to lead 92-65 at the final break before cruising to the 34-point victory. It was Philadelphia’s second-lowest score in a quarter all season, while the Celtics had seven assists and no turnovers in that period as three-pointers rained down.
Philadelphia’s 87 points is the fewest Boston has conceded all season, beating the previous low of…