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Celtics fall to 76ers 85 - 97 in ugly game

Repeat after me: Preseason results don't matter. Preseason results don't matter.

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Rapid Reaction: Sixers 97, Celtics 85 - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

Keeping with the preseason trend, the Celtics dug themselves a double-digit deficit (as high as 18), but made a fourth-quarter surge. Even the late run, which saw Boston make it a two-possession game with little more than five minutes to play, couldn't mask what was an unsightly performance overall by the Celtics. It didn't help that it came against an expected cellar-dweller that had spent the first part of the preseason on a European adventure. Boston's Jared Sullinger scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds over 23:14. Sullinger was a team-best plus-10 in plus/minus, one of the few on the positive side. Michael Carter-Williams scored a game-high 21 points with six rebounds and six assists over 30 minutes, while Spencer Hawes was his usual pest self (17 points, 7 rebounds) to pace the 76ers.