CELTICS BLOW OUT SLEEP-WALKING SIXERS 112-92

Robert Covington had 17 points, shooting 5 for 6 on 3-pointers, in the first half for the Sixers.

By Sam Bush

Sixers coach Brett Brown hit the nail on the head:

‘That was a bad NBA game tonight from our standpoint. I don’t even know what team I coached tonight.”

The Celtics jumped on the Sixers early and never looked back.

Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points each and the Celtics cruised to a 112-92 victory over the 76ers Sunday night at the Wells.

Avery Bradley had 19 points and Marcus Smart added 16 off the bench for the Celtics, who have won five of seven.

Robert Covington scored 25 points to lead Philly.

The game originally was scheduled for Saturday but was postponed due to Winter Storm Jonas. With Philadelphia’s airport closed on Saturday, the Celtics instead practiced in Boston and arrived in Philadelphia on Sunday morning.

The struggling 76ers have been playing better of late, having won five of 13 coming in, but they looked very much like the team that tied the NBA’s worst start at 0-18 this season.

”We didn’t want to make the mistake a lot of teams make by looking at their record,” Smart said. ”We’ve played them so many times. We know what to do and we kind of relax and they come out real aggressive on us and surprise us. We wanted to come out and make sure we punch them in the mouth first.”

The Sixers lost 11 games by 20 or more points.

Arriving on the day of the game didn’t seem to bother the Celtics at all. Boston cruised to an 18-point halftime lead and then blew the game open in the third quarter when they led by 29 points while outscoring Philly by 10 points to take a 94-69 lead into the fourth.

The Celtics shot 64 percent from the field in the third period. Like the previous two quarters, Boston’s players seemingly got wide-open shot after wide-open shot from everywhere on the court.

”We were poor,” Brown said. ”I don’t know why. Maybe it had something to do with the snowstorm. I doubt it. We just didn’t come with the energy, for whatever reason.”

The Celtics led by as many as 18 points while coasting to a 58-43 halftime lead. Crowder and Smart led Boston with 14 points apiece. The Celtics shot 43 percent from the field, including 62 percent from 3-point range, in the opening 24 minutes.

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