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James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers hits the game-winning triple over Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics in the course of the fourth quarter for the 76ers to defeat the Celtics 119-115 in recreation one of many Jap Convention Second Spherical Playoffs at TD Backyard on Could 01, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Pictures/AFP

James Harden tied his profession playoff excessive by scoring 45 factors to assist the visiting Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Boston Celtics 119-115 in Sport 1 of the Jap Convention semifinals on Monday night time.

Harden made 17 of his 30 field-goal makes an attempt, together with 7 of 14 from behind the 3-point arc. It was the tenth playoff recreation during which Harden has scored at the least 40 factors.

Harden’s 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds to play gave the third-seeded 76ers a 117-115 lead. Jayson Tatum was known as for a foul on the following possession, after which Paul Reed capped the scoring by making two free throws with 4.6 seconds left. Philadelphia closed the sport with a 12-4 run.

WHAT A NIGHT FOR JAMES HARDEN 🤯

45 PTS (ties Playoff profession excessive)
6 AST
7 3PM

Sixers take Sport 1 in Boston ‼️ pic.twitter.com/F1p31k4kgg

— NBA (@NBA) Could 2, 2023

The 76ers performed with out Joel Embiid, who sustained a sprained LCL in his proper knee throughout Sport 3 of Philadelphia’s first-round sweep of Brooklyn. Embiid led the NBA by averaging 33.1 factors per recreation in the course of the common season.

Tatum led the second-seeded Celtics with 39 factors and 11 rebounds. Boston obtained 23 factors from Jaylen Brown, and 20 from Malcolm Brogdon.

Tyrese Maxey added 26 factors for the 76ers, who obtained 10 factors and 13 rebounds from Reed.

James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates after scoring the game-winning triple in the course of the fourth quarter for the 76ers to defeat the Boston Celtics 119-115 in recreation one of many Jap Convention Second Spherical Playoffs at TD Backyard on Could 01, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Pictures/AFP

The Celtics made 17 of their 18 free-throw makes an attempt. Philadelphia was 12-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Boston trailed 19-13 halfway by way of the primary however went on an 11-0 run to take a 24-19 lead with 4:37 left within the quarter. The Celtics made 17 of their 20 photographs from the sector within the interval and led 38-31 coming into the second. Boston related on 14 of its first 15 discipline objective makes an attempt.

The Celtics had been up 62-50 — their largest lead of the sport — with 3:31 to play within the second, however Philadelphia closed the primary half on a 13-4 run and trailed 66-63 at halftime.

The sport was tied, 87-87, coming into the ultimate 12 minutes.

Sport 2 of the best-of-seven collection can be performed Wednesday night time in Boston.

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