Josh Richardson scored 29 points, Ben Simmons had 19 and the Philadelphia 76ers won without injured center Joel Embiid, beating the Boston Celtics 109-98 on Thursday night.
Embiid, averaging 23.4 points and 12.3 rebounds in 31 games this season, tore the radial collateral ligament in the ring finger Monday night in a victory over Oklahoma City.
“I’m putting a blow torch, a bullet, many bullets into what we used to do,” coach Brett Brown said. “Really. It doesn’t fit. So it’s on me to make it fit. We don’t have Joel Embiid.
So when I say, ‘blow torch and bullet,’ I mean it.” Mike Scott slid into the starting rotation, along with Al Horford, Tobias Harris, Richardson and Simmons.