Cameroonian Joel Embiid scored 35 points and the Philadelphia 76ers posted a 106-96 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in the NBA.
Danny Green, meanwhile, scored 17 points as the Sixers posted their third straight win over the Celtics to sweep the top of the season.
The 76ers have won two of those games since Embiid returned from a 10-game absence while recovering from a left knee injury.
Philadelphia led by 21 points in the second half this first game of a four-game road trip. Meanwhile, Boston was trying to complete its first three-game winning streak since early March. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 20 points and Jaylen Brown finished with 17 points.
Boston was close to having its full roster available, but that was affected hours before the game when recent acquisition Evan Fournier entered health and safety protocols for covid-19. The Celtics had benefited from his presence in back-to-back wins over Houston and Dallas.
Boston center Robert Williams, who has played his best basketball since joining the starting lineup six games ago, committed two fast fouls in the first five minutes of the game and was forced to the bench.
It was then that Embiid took advantage of his absence and closed the first period with 12 points. Green scored three 3s and 11 points during a 15-0 offense that put Philadelphia ahead 52-37 late in the second quarter.
For the Sixers, star George Hill missed his seventh straight game as he continues to recover from right thumb surgery.
In Tampa (Florida), the Los Angeles Lakers came out again without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but there were no problems, as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 110-101.
The Lakers came out offensive at long distance with 18 triples, including seven of their first eight attempts.
“We had high-quality shots, we did not settle for the mid-range, and as a result we hit a high percentage in the long distance (45%),” said coach Frank Vogel.
The Lakers built a 34-point lead in the first 20 minutes and were never threatened in the second half.