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Rozier stars as Celtics ease past 76ers in game one

The Boston Celtics drew first blood against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday despite playing without Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving.

THE BOSTON CELTICS flexed their muscles at home to earn a 117-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in game one of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final.

Boston, playing without shooting guard Jaylen Brown who was ruled out minutes before the game, had three players step up in his absence on Monday.

Terry Rozier stared for the young Celtics – still missing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward – with 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Al Horford posted 26 points and seven rebounds, while rookie Jayson Tatum added 28 points for the Celtics.

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