An outburst of scoring from Al Horford was not enough for the Boston Celtics in the 105-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76’ers.

It was a roller coaster of a game for the Celtics; going on a 20-5 run in the second quarter to take a five point lead going into the half, but getting outscored in the 4th 29-20 which would lead to the Celtics first loss against the 76’ers this season. Boston had one of their worst three-point percentages of the season, only making 20%.

Al Horford finished the game with a season-high 27 points (eight rebounds, six assists) on an efficient 11-16 shooting from the field. Third-year-pro Terry Rozier stepped up in the absence of Isaiah Thomas, scoring 14 points, with a career high 10 rebounds in 26 minutes of play. Marcus Smart drew his second start at point guard last night, collecting eight points (eight assists, six rebounds). Three other Celtics players finished the game with double-digit scoring efforts: Jae Crowder (15 points, seven rebounds, four assists), Avery Bradley (13 points, three rebounds), and Kelly Olynyk (12 points).

On Philadelphia’s end, the young-talented team grabbed their third win in four games, driven by 22-year-old Dario Saric (23 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks). Two other starters scored in the double digits for the 76’ers: Robert Covington (16 points, eight rebounds) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarro (13 points). The x-factor for the 76’ers last night was their bench; all five players scored over eight points (Long and Holmes with eight, Rodriguez, Henderson and Stauskas with nine). The team overall shot an effective 47% from the field.

The loss brings the Celtics record to 44-26, keeping them two and a half games behind the first seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, and one and a half games ahead of the third seeded Washington Wizards, whom the Celtics will play against at home tonight (7:30 pm tip-off). Here is a video recap of last night’s game:

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