On Wednesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers hosted the Boston Celtics in a matchup between to of the Eastern Conference’s best teams. Both teams are separated by just three games heading into the home stretch.
Much of the early action belonged to the Celtics, who opened a 15-point lead in the first half. The 76ers battled back to cut the lead to 11 heading into the second half.
Since then, Philadelphia has continued to cut into the lead, but not enough. After three quarters of play, the 76ers cut the lead to 90-85.
Things got ugly when Celtics guard Marcus Smart got into it with 76ers big man Joel Embiid.
After Embiid set a hard screen on Smart, he got up and shoved Embiid to the ground.
Check it out.
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Embiid immediately got up and into the face of Smart before the two had to be separated.
Not long after the scuffle, Smart was ejected from the contest.
To be fair, it looked like Embiid flopped a little bit at the end of the push. The 76ers star has a history of embellishing fouls in order to get a call.
It worked out on Wednesday night as he got Smart ejected from the game.