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NBA Playoffs 2018: Sixers fall to Celtics, brink of elimination in 101-98 loss | Rapid Reaction
New Jersey Local | 2 months ago

PHILADELPHIA -- With 5:13 left on Saturday night, Sixers' Ben Simmons missed a wide-open dunk, and the arena gasped.

With 4.7 seconds left, the game tied, J.J. Redick sent an errant pass straight into the hands of a sea of Celtics defenders. The crowd yelled, in agony.

Celtics' guard Terry Rozier scored at the other end with 1.8 seconds left, the crowd booed.

Marco Belinelli made a buzzer-beating jumper in the corner to send the game to overtime, positive pandemonium ensued.

At this point, a Wells Fargo Center employee jumped the gun. No, really, someone shot a confetti gun as Belinelli's shot went through the basket and bounced onto the hardwood. Confetti strands fluttered around the North side of the arena. It caused a delay.

It was a microcosm of the Sixers night, of their performance all series against the Celtics. Like the confetti-gun shooter, the Sixers haven't been quite ready for this moment. They pushed the game into overtime, but still lost at home, 101-98.

They had another chance for a Belinelli moment. For real confetti. Down one with 5.5 seconds left, Simmons attempted to inbound the ball to Joel Embiid. Al Horford stole it, made both free throws, and the Sixers missed a last-ditch heave for another chance at confetti.

Instead, fans booed (again) as they filed out, into the night.

The series will continue with Game 4 on Monday at 6 p.m. in Wells Fargo Center.

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