James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers watches his game winning three point basket against Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics during overtime in game four of the Eastern Conference Second Round Playoffs at The Center (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)(Tim Nwachukwu)

Sixers Beat Celtics in OT, Even Second Round Series at 2-2

MAY 7, 2023 (OT)

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics, 116-115, in overtime, pulling the best-of-seven series to a 2-2 tie. 

The 76ers improved to 3-0 this postseason -- and 2-0 in this series -- when reaching the 115-point mark. Philadelphia has won nine consecutive playoff games when scoring 115-plus points (Stathead). 

JAMES HARDEN (42 points, 16-23 FG, 6-9 3FG) and JOEL EMBIID (34 points, 12-15 FT) combined to score 76 points on 55.1% shooting. They are the first pair of 76ers teammates to both score 30-plus points in the same playoff game since June 16, 2001.  

Harden's 42-point performance represents the second time in this series that he's produced at least 40 points. He is one of three players throughout the 2023 NBA Playoffs to produce multiple 40-point games, and joins Hall of Famers ALLEN IVERSON (10) and WILT CHAMBERLAIN (2) as the lone 76ers with multiple 40-point playoff games (Stathead). 

Harden added eight rebounds, nine assists, and four steals, joining Iverson as the only two 76ers to produce at least 40 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals in a postseason contest.  

Embiid hauled in 13 rebounds, marking his 35th career double-double in 50 career postseason games. 

NEXT UP: The 76ers head back to TD Garden for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The game will tip-off at 7:30 pm on TNT and on the radio at 97.5 The Fanatic.

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