Celtics demolish fancied 76ers

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There was a time earlier this year when a first-round series between the Celtics and 76ers, with their All-Stars, their rabid fan bases, and their simmering rivalry, would have been a seductive matchup.

But then the games moved to silent Orlando, then Ben Simmons and Gordon Hayward were hurt, and then the Celtics established that this seemingly fair fight was not fair at all. In Game 4 on Sunday the Celtics defeated the 76ers, 110-106, to complete a series sweep.

Kemba Walker, who has advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time, led Boston with 32 points. Jayson Tatum added 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

Toronto’s sweep of Brooklyn sets up a Celtics-Raptors series in the conference semifinals.

With the score tied at 77 late in the third quarter the Celtics created separation with a 14-0 run that was sparked by Tatum, who had been relatively quiet. The All-Star had 7 points in the flurry, including a deep dagger from the top of the key. The Celtics never trailed again.

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