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Sixers stay alive with 103-92 win over the Celtics

Philadelphia forces a Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday.

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In a chippy Game 4 full of questionable calls, the Philadelphia 76ers kept their season alive with a 103-92 win over the Boston Celtics. The series will return to Boston on Wednesday with the Celtics leading 3-1.

T.J. McConnell was a surprise starter for Philadelphia and scored a career-high (regular season or playoffs) 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. He also dished out five assists and grabbed seven rebounds.

Dario Saric led the 76ers with 25 points, while Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid added 19 and 15 points, respectively. Philadelphia also held a huge 16-to-6 advantage on the offensive boards, and they turned it over just 8 times to 15 for Boston.

Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris led the Celtics with 20 and 17 points, respectively, on a tough shooting night. Overall, Boston hit just 41.3 percent from the field.

It should also be noted that the Celtics out-fouled the Sixers by a 28-to-23 margin. This included 12 Boston fouls in the second quarter to just one for Philadelphia. The officiating evened out in the second half, but not before the game was no longer in doubt.

In addition, the Celtics also lost Shane Larkin to a left shoulder injury early the game, following a screen from Joel Embiid. Without Larkin and with several regulars in foul trouble throughout the game, Boston never got into any sort of rhythm.

Game 5 will be played in Boston on Wednesday night. The time is to be determined, pending the result of Game 4 between the Toronto Raptors/Cleveland Cavaliers. If Toronto wins to keep the series alive, Boston and Philadelphia will play at 6:00 PM EST. If Cleveland finishes the sweep the game will be at 8:00 PM EST.