Sixers must improve shooting and transition defense in Game 3

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons

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When all was said and done, Boston came out on top by the score of 101-98 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Marco Belinelli hit an outrageous, buzzer-beating fadeaway from the corner that appeared to give Philly the win.

Home fans rejoiced and the confetti cannons fired - except the shot was ruled a two-pointer and the scores were still tied at the end of regulation. Date: Saturday, May 5; Time: 5 p.m. ET; Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; TV: ESPN; Live stream: or WatchESPN app. So instead of giving the Sixers a victory in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Celtics, it produced only overtime.

Whoever was operating the confetti machine for the Sixers also thought it was a winning 3-pointer. But the celebration turned out to be premature as the game was only headed into overtime. Just three games into their Second Round Series against the Boston Celtics, the Sixers are on the verge of heading home early.

After a Brett Brown timeout, Simmons then attempted to in-bound from the left sideline to Joel Embiid in the front court. Philadelphia led 94-89 with 3 minutes, 41 seconds left in overtime. With Simmons, it is about making things as hard as possible on him, making sure he does not get a single clean look with the ball in his hands. The 2017 no. 3 pick reached the 20-point mark in Games 1 and 2 of the series, and he deposited a game-high 24 points on Saturday.

After the game, Embiid discussed his frustration with the fact Celtics forward Al Horford wasn't whistled for a single foul during the game.

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Determined not to get embarrassed again, Simmons scored on a driving layup less than a minute into the game.

The Sixers made several poor decisions on offense in the final minutes. Terry Rozier, on the other hand, bounced back from an bad start to control decision time and conclude the contest with 20 points.

"Some of the matchups have hurt us", Brown said.

"I think it was mainly what I did to myself", Simmons said.

"My goal isn't to go out there and drop 30 every game", Simmons said.

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Behind a 12-0 spurt, the Sixers held a 20-19 advantage through one quarter. 2 Boston Celtics (55-27) vs.

The Sixers committed two other untimely turnovers of note.

The Celtics responded by ending the half on a 25-8 run. The Celtics, who awaited overtime, considered it confetti karma.

Give credit to the Celtics defense, and their big men, because they're the ones forcing this inefficiency out of him.

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