CELTICS 114, SIXERS 112: C's headed back to East Finals!

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After shooting 13-24 (54.2%) in the last six seconds of the shot clock in Game 1, the Celtics have shot just just 33.3% (including 9-29 from three) on those shots over the last three games.

On Boston's possession, Terry Rozier would be fouled immediately and knock down both of his free throws.

In a game and a series that was often defined by grit and toughness, it was fitting that the play that led to the win for the Boston Celtics was Marcus Smart - a 6-foot-3 human statue built of brick and mortar - absorbing a post-up from Dario Saric, forcing a turnover and making a defensive stop that eventually gave the Boston Celtics a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

The Sixers refused to go away quietly.

"When you get here, you're flattered by the thought of the Boston Celtics", coach Brad Stevens said.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Celtics are the first team in National Basketball Association history to reach the conference finals in back-to-back seasons, while returning only four players from one year to the next (Smart, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and Terry Rozier).

Joel Embiid was pointing at his head and suggesting that the Philadelphia 76ers which has taken up real estate inside Boston's cranium during Monday's Game 4.

While the young players on Boston's rosters have been huge in Boston's success, Brown said the veteran leadership of Horford has been just as important in helping hold things together throughout the season.

J.J. Reddick's 3-pointer cut the deficit to one, and then it was Smart's turn.

The Celtics reeled off an 8-0 run just before halftime to stake a nine-point lead after two quarters.

The Celtics extended the lead to as many as 12 in the third before the 76ers rallied within one heading to the fourth.

Rozier first invoked Bledsoe's name during a trash-talking back-and-forth with Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, pretending to confuse the two. That result meant Philadelphia's season came to an end on Wednesday night, but there is still plenty of optimism about the future for the Sixers (and the Celtics) after the end of this series.

The victor of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA's Coach of the Year Award will be announced next month.

After losing the first two games of the series in Boston by 21 points (16 in Game 1 and five in Game 2), the Celtics went on to steal Game 3 in Philadelphia 101-98 in overtime.

The encounter began when Embiid attempted to take the ball from Rozier after the latter was called for an offensive foul. The live televised game coverage will be available on the TNT channel. Simmons had 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and one block. If he's out Wednesday night, Boston would be down to an eight-man rotation. McConnell responded with a terrific effort tallying a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and no turnovers.

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