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Celtics take 3-0 series lead with OT win over 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Al Horford had no use for the premature celebration that showered confetti all over the 76ers' home court at the end of regulation, delaying overtime and prompting an impromptu cleanup job.

Turns out, Horford has the Celtics just a game away from a real sweep.

Horford scored the go-ahead basket for Boston late in overtime in a wild Game 3 where the Philadelphia 76ers were sloppy with the basketball and the confetti, leading the Celtics to a 101-98 victory and a 3-0 series lead on Saturday night.

''These are the kind of moments you want to be in as a basketball player,'' Horford said.

He saw some wild ones down the stretch.

Marco Belinelli had hit a buzzer-beater to end the fourth quarter that sent the Sixers into a wild celebration on the court as confetti shot out of a cannon that made it rain over chunks of the arena.

Hold up.

Game 3 was only headed into OT.

''I wanted to play right away,'' Horford said. ''I didn't care about the confetti.''

The tale of the (ticker) tape shows the Celtics are still the team to beat.

The Celtics, who rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 108-103 in Game 2, can advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season on Monday.

The ending to regulation was about as wild as it gets for both teams. JJ Redick threw away the basketball on an errant pass to no one that was scooped by Terry Rozier who threw to Jaylen Brown for the basket and an 89-87 lead.

Seconds later, Belinelli stunned everyone with a falling 22-footer in front of the 76ers bench as time expired that sent the game into overtime - and confetti mistakenly blasted from the cannon. There was about a seven-minute delay while team employees scrambled to clean up the mess on the court. Some players even scooped up confetti as everyone waited for the start of overtime.

Confetti Guy - wearing a ''Breaking News: I Don't Care'' T-shirt - pushed the button too early and the rectangular pieces were soaring everywhere.

Confetti Guy - who declined to give his name - came over to press row and said the Sixers ''better win or I'm done.''

They didn't.

Belinelli opened OT with a 23-footer and Redick followed with a 3 that appeared to take him off the hook.

But the Celtics wouldn't let them pull away and Horford escaped for a layup with 5.5 seconds that gave Boston a 99-98 lead. Ben Simmons then threw the ball away after a timeout and Horford sealed the win with two free throws.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said he thought Belinelli had won the game with a 3-pointer.

''Walk off 3. I thought it was. I actually left the court,'' he said. ''You come back on and there's confetti. You move on. It slows the game down a lot but you move on.''

Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Rozier had 18.

Joel Embiid had 22 points and 19 rebounds for the Sixers, Redick scored 18 and Simmons 16.

Horford hit the big shots in the final minute of overtime to silence what had been a rabid crowd. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles rang the ceremonial bell and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. One fan waved a sign that said ''Philly Special 2.0'' as a nod to the trick play called that allowed Foles to catch a touchdown pass against the New England Patriots.

But not every Philly team can beat one from New England in a big game.

Simmons, the rookie of the year favorite, had a miserable Game 2 and scored only one point and failed to score a field goal for the first time all year. Hall of Famer Allen Iverson called Simmons and gave him a needed pick-me-up.

''Just play the game I've been playing,'' Simmons said AI told him. ''I know how to play the game. I can't think about it too much. I've just got to go out there and do it.''

Determined not to get embarrassed again, Simmons scored on a driving layup less than a minute into the game.

''My goal isn't to go out there and drop 30 every game,'' Simmons said. ''My goal is to go out there and facilitate and get the best shots we can.''

He did it all in the second quarter when the Sixers looked every bit the team that ended the season on a 16-game win streak.

Trailing by 10 early in the second, Simmons had an emphatic slam to kickstart a rally. Simmons would make the highlight reel with a behind-the-back pass to a charging Embiid for a thunderous dunk over Aron Baynes. Embiid made the free throw and the crowd was going bonkers.

Redick and Dario Saric each hit 3s during the 13-0 run that helped the Sixers take a 51-48 lead into halftime.

TIP-INS

76ers: The Sixers have suddenly become one of the hottest teams at attracting celebrities. Rapper Meek Mill, Questlove of The Roots, celebrity physician Dr. Oz, UFC President Dana White and director M. Night Shyamalan were all at the game, as were other members of the Eagles.

Celtics: The Celtics missed 15 of 22 3s in the first half and only attempted four free throws.

CRYING FOUL

Embiid was just 2 of 3 from the free-throw line and believed he was hacked most of the game.

''I'm too big not to get fouled every time I go to the basket,'' he said.

BALL HAWK

Coach Brett Brown endorsed assistant coach Lloyd Pierce as the next head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Pierce interviewed for the job on Friday.

''It's a no-brainer. I would hire Lloyd Pierce yesterday,'' Brown said.

UP NEXT

Game 4 is Monday at the only-in-the-postseason tip time of 6 p.m. EDT

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:47 +2 Joel Embiid made hook shot, assist by Dario Saric 0-2
11:27   Aron Baynes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:23   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
11:16 +2 Ben Simmons made driving layup 0-4
11:00   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:58   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
10:42   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
10:39   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
10:34   Personal foul on Ben Simmons  
10:27 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 3-4
10:14 +2 Joel Embiid made layup 3-6
9:59   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:55   Offensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
9:53   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
9:40   JJ Redick missed jump shot  
9:33   Offensive rebound by Robert Covington  
9:33   Robert Covington missed dunk  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:29   Lost ball turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Ben Simmons  
9:22   Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:20   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
8:58   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:54   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
8:48   Personal foul on Marcus Smart  
8:42   Out of bounds turnover on Robert Covington  
8:30 +2 Jayson Tatum made dunk, assist by Al Horford 5-6
8:01   Joel Embiid missed layup  
8:00   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
7:53   Personal foul on Dario Saric  
7:39 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot 8-6
7:17   Ben Simmons missed fade-away jump shot  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
7:09   Personal foul on Robert Covington  
6:57 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot 10-6
6:41   Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:38   Team rebound  
6:12   Lost ball turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Robert Covington  
6:08   Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:04   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:53 +2 Marcus Morris made jump shot 12-6
5:41 +2 Ben Simmons made driving layup 12-8
5:16 +2 Jaylen Brown made layup, assist by Jayson Tatum 14-8
4:56   Dario Saric missed jump shot  
4:53   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
4:34 +2 Jayson Tatum made floating jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 16-8
4:16   Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:12   Offensive rebound by Amir Johnson  
4:06   Ben Simmons missed fade-away jump shot  
4:04   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
4:00   Shooting foul on Marco Belinelli  
4:00   Jaylen Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:00   Team rebound  
4:00 +1 Jaylen Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-8
3:48   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:45   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
3:30 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made layup, assist by Joel Embiid 17-10
3:12   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
3:02 +2 Joel Embiid made jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 17-12
2:47   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:44   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
2:34   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:29   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
2:29   Joel Embiid missed dunk  
2:28   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
2:25 +2 Joel Embiid made turnaround jump shot 17-14
2:00   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
1:58   Defensive rebound by JJ Redick  
1:42   Joel Embiid missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Marcus Morris  
1:41   Team rebound  
1:39   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:36   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
1:21   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:17   Defensive rebound by Marco Belinelli  
1:00   Joel Embiid missed jump shot  
0:59   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
0:48   Jaylen Brown missed driving layup, blocked by Joel Embiid  
0:44   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
0:42 +3 Marco Belinelli made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by T.J. McConnell 17-17
0:29   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Marco Belinelli  
0:22 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 17-20
0:05 +2 Marcus Smart made jump shot 19-20
0:03   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
0:02   Lost ball turnover on Joel Embiid, stolen by Marcus Smart  
0:00   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:43   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
11:41 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aron Baynes 22-20
11:14   Joel Embiid missed hook shot  
11:12   Offensive rebound by Dario Saric  
11:04   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:02   Defensive rebound by Shane Larkin  
10:52 +2 Marcus Smart made jump shot 24-20
10:23   Dario Saric missed hook shot  
10:21   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
10:11   Offensive foul on Jayson Tatum  
10:11   Offensive foul on Jayson Tatum  
9:57   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
9:57 +1 JJ Redick made 1st of 2 free throws 24-21
9:57 +1 JJ Redick made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-22
9:44 +2 Marcus Morris made jump shot 26-22
9:33   Out of bounds turnover on Ben Simmons  
9:25   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:23   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
9:23 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk 28-22
9:14   Robert Covington missed alley-oop shot  
9:10   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
8:58   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Smart, stolen by Dario Saric  
8:57   Personal foul on Jayson Tatum  
8:53 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 28-25
8:39   Marcus Smart missed driving layup, blocked by Ben Simmons  
8:39   Team rebound  
8:30   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
8:23   Offensive foul on Jayson Tatum  
8:23   Offensive foul on Jayson Tatum  
8:10   Joel Embiid missed hook shot  
8:08   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
7:56 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk, assist by Marcus Smart 30-25
7:39   Joel Embiid missed jump shot  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
7:28 +2 Jayson Tatum made finger-roll layup 32-25
7:20   Dario Saric missed finger-roll layup  
7:18   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
7:12   Personal foul on JJ Redick  
6:56   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:56   Team rebound  
6:40   Dario Saric missed hook shot, blocked by Jaylen Brown  
6:37   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
6:34 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shane Larkin 35-25
6:19 +3 Ersan Ilyasova made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 35-28
6:01 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Morris 38-28
5:53   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
5:46 +3 Ersan Ilyasova made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 38-31
5:20   Al Horford missed driving layup, blocked by Ersan Ilyasova  
5:17   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
5:16   Al Horford missed dunk, blocked by Dario Saric  
5:14   Defensive rebound by Robert Covington  
5:14   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
5:14   Robert Covington missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:14   Team rebound  
5:14 +1 Robert Covington made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-32
5:02   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:00   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
4:55 +3 Dario Saric made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 38-35
4:42   Bad pass turnover on Jaylen Brown, stolen by Dario Saric  
4:33   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:29   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
4:23 +2 Terry Rozier made jump shot 40-35
4:04 +2 Dario Saric made layup, assist by Ersan Ilyasova 40-37
4:04   Shooting foul on Marcus Smart  
4:04   Dario Saric missed free throw  
4:04   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
3:47 +3 Semi Ojeleye made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 43-37
3:38 +2 Ben Simmons made driving dunk 43-39
3:17   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:15   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
3:04 +3 JJ Redick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 43-42
2:44   Lost ball turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Dario Saric  
2:41 +2 Joel Embiid made dunk, assist by Ben Simmons 43-44
2:41   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
2:41 +1 Joel Embiid made free throw 43-45
2:24   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Smart, stolen by Joel Embiid  
2:14 +2 Ben Simmons made finger-roll layup 43-47
1:54   Aron Baynes missed jump shot  
1:51   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
1:45 +3 Marco Belinelli made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dario Saric 43-50
1:30   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:26   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
1:10   Team rebound  
1:10   Joel Embiid missed layup, blocked by Jaylen Brown  
1:08   Bad pass turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by Jaylen Brown  
1:07   Personal foul on Joel Embiid  
0:56   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:54   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
0:33   Lost ball turnover on JJ Redick  
0:33   Personal foul on Marco Belinelli  
0:33 +1 Terry Rozier made 1st of 2 free throws 44-50
0:33 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-50
0:26   Personal foul on Aron Baynes  
0:26 +1 JJ Redick made 1st of 2 free throws 45-51
0:26   JJ Redick missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:24   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
0:06 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 48-51
0:00   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43 +2 Marcus Smart made floating jump shot 50-51
11:22 +2 Joel Embiid made dunk, assist by Robert Covington 50-53
11:04   Lost ball turnover on Marcus Smart, stolen by JJ Redick  
11:01 +2 Ben Simmons made alley-oop shot, assist by JJ Redick 50-55
10:42   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
10:33   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
10:19 +3 Aron Baynes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 53-55
9:59   Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:43 +2 Al Horford made turnaround jump shot 55-55
9:20 +2 Joel Embiid made finger-roll layup 55-57
9:06   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Ben Simmons  
9:02   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
9:01 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aron Baynes 58-57
8:38   Joel Embiid missed fade-away jump shot  
8:36   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
8:27 +2 Terry Rozier made finger-roll layup, assist by Aron Baynes 60-57
8:08 +2 Dario Saric made hook shot 60-59
7:51   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:49   Team rebound  
7:49   Personal foul on Aron Baynes  
7:38   JJ Redick missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Al Horford  
7:33   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
7:32   Out of bounds turnover on Jaylen Brown  
7:29   Shooting foul on Marcus Smart  
7:29   Dario Saric missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:29   Team rebound  
7:29 +1 Dario Saric made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-60
7:15   Al Horford missed driving layup  
7:13   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
7:08   Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:04   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
6:55   Traveling violation turnover on Marcus Smart  
6:36   Robert Covington missed jump shot  
6:31   Offensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
6:18   Ersan Ilyasova missed layup  
6:18   Offensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
6:12 +2 Ben Simmons made turnaround jump shot, assist by Dario Saric 60-62
5:52 +2 Terry Rozier made driving layup 62-62
5:38   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:35   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:23 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 65-62
5:02   Marco Belinelli missed reverse layup  
5:00   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
4:55   Marcus Morris missed fade-away jump shot  
4:52   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
4:46 +2 Ben Simmons made jump shot 65-64
4:21   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:17   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
4:16   Out of bounds turnover on Marco Belinelli  
3:57 +2 Terry Rozier made turnaround jump shot 67-64
3:43   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:40   Offensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
3:35   Joel Embiid missed layup, blocked by Al Horford  
3:35   Team rebound  
3:32   Bad pass turnover on Ben Simmons, stolen by Shane Larkin  
3:29 +2 Shane Larkin made layup 69-64
3:08   Lost ball turnover on Joel Embiid, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
3:03   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:00   Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons  
2:55   Personal foul on Shane Larkin  
2:53   Bad pass turnover on T.J. McConnell, stolen by Marcus Smart  
2:49   Shane Larkin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:44   Offensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
2:30   Aron Baynes missed hook shot  
2:28   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
2:11   Out of bounds turnover on JJ Redick  
1:56   Aron Baynes missed jump shot  
1:53   Defensive rebound by Joel Embiid  
1:46