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Turnovers, brutal first quarter cost C’s

Celtics-76ers takeaways: Turnovers, brutal first quarter cost C’s originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics had their three-game win streak snapped by the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night as they were dominated, 111-99.

A nightmare first quarter set the tone for what would end up being one of the sloppier games the C’s have played all season. Carelessness with the basketball and lackluster performances from All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ultimately led to Boston’s demise.

Brown led the C’s with 21 points while Tatum tallied 20 and Payton Pritchard contributed 17 off the bench. Joel Embiid had a game-high 25 points for the Sixers to go along with 13 rebounds. Tyrese Maxey added 23 points of his own.

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Lance Stephenson scores 20 straight points for Pacers in first quarter vs. Nets

Jan 5, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (6) shoots the ball while Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) defends  in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Jan 5, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (6) shoots the ball while Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) defends in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Lance Stephenson, who played one season for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats before leaving for the NBA, came off the bench to score 20 consecutive points for the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of Wednesday night’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Stephenson, who finished the game with 30 points, was called up last month to the Atlanta Hawks from the NBA G League on a 10-day hardship deal, which allows teams an extra roster spot when multiple players are out because of injury or illness. On Jan. 1, the Pacers announced they signed Stephenson to a 10-day contract under the same COVID-related hardship exception.

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