Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by 114-102 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. The Celtics picked up from their Game 1 debacle, while Grant Williams’ toughness symbolized Boston’s ability to fight back. Joel Embiid, who received his MVP trophy in a pre-game ceremony, scored 30 points and 13 rebounds, but failed to get any serious offensive help. Al Horford crushed the Sixers again by hitting a 3 for a 7-point lead which led to a pull-up 18-footer miss from Embiid and a jumper from Jayson Tatum that sealed the game for the Celtics. The MVP’s dismal performance in the past two games had Tyrese Maxey and James Harden failing to make any significant contribution to the game. Celtics coach, Joe Mazzulla, revealed the team’s strategy to wear down Harden and keep him off the free-throw line, which worked successfully for them.