Jimmy Butler struck late with a clutch mid-range jumper to seal victory for the Philadelphia 76ers’ over Eastern Conference rivals the Boston Celtics.
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Joel Embiid starred for the Sixers with 37 points and 22 rebounds but it was Butler, who scored 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting, who provided the coup de grace in the dying seconds of regulation.
Kyrie Irving and Joel Embiid go basket for basket in the Boston Celtics’ trip to the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia held a 116-113 lead and had possession with 7.8 seconds remaining. Butler received the ball at the perimeter and, with the Celtics defenders desperate to force a steal, almost bobbled possession away.
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However, Butler regained control of the ball despite the close attention of Kyrie Irving, and spun towards the baseline. Irving lost his footing, giving Butler an open look at the Boston basket.
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From just inside the three-point line, Butler rose to shoot a jumper that nestled in the net with 4.7 seconds remaining, killing off the Celtics’ hopes.
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Clearly pleased with his handiwork, Butler struck a pose as his team-mates rushed to congratulate him.
Wednesday night's scores
- Boston Celtics 115-118 Philadelphia 76ers
- Houston Rockets 125-126 Memphis Grizzlies (OT)
- Toronto Raptors 123-114 Oklahoma City Thunder (OT)
- Milwaukee Bucks 102-107 Cleveland Cavaliers
- Dallas Mavericks 118-126 Portland Trail Blazers
- Utah Jazz 137-116 New York Knicks
- Miami Heat 110-105 San Antonio Spurs
- New Orleans Pelicans 96-119 Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards 120-126 Chicago Bulls (OT)
Click the video at the top of the page to watch Butler’s clutch victory-sealing jump shot.
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