76ers vs. Celtics results: Score, highlights from Boston's overtime win

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Kyrie Irving delivered on Christmas Day, lifting the Celtics to a 121-114 win over the 76ers.

The five-time All-Star scored a game-high 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory, hitting a couple clutch 3-pointers in overtime to shut the door on Philadelphia. Sixers stars Joel Embiid (34 points, 16 rebounds) and Jimmy Butler (24 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals) kept the Sixers in the game, but Irving's scoring touch was simply too much for Philly to overcome.

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Sporting News provided live updates throughout the game. Catch up on all the highlights from Boston's win below...

Box score, full stats

Final: Celtics 121, 76ers 114

8:07 p.m. ET — Wow. What a game. The Celtics move to 4-0 in overtime on the season with a thrilling win over the 76ers. Kyrie Irving finishes with 40 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Joel Embiid posts 34 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

8:02 p.m. ET — Uncle Drew is cooking! Two 3-pointers in a row from Kyrie Irving. Celtics 118, Sixers 114 with only one minute to go.

8 p.m. ET — The 76ers jump out to a five-point lead, but the Celtics answer with two easy buckets from Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward. 

End of fourth quarter: Celtics 108, 76ers 108

7:53 p.m. ET — Kyrie Irving ties it at 108! JJ Redick can't find the roll on the other end, and we are heading to overtime!

7:49 p.m. ET — Wilson Chandler with the clutch 3-pointer! Here's the situation: 76ers 108, Celtics 106 with 36 seconds left in regulation. We've got a close one here, folks.

7:42 p.m. ET — Wait. Did... did Ben Simmons make a jumper? He did!

7:37 p.m. ET — Oh, Kyrie Irving is fancy with the finish.

7:33 p.m. ET — When your friend finds the perfect Christmas gift...

7:25 p.m. ET — Al Horford is on a minutes restriction, but he's back on the floor to match up with Joel Embiid. It's possible he plays the final 10 minutes of regulation.

End of third quarter: 76ers 89, Celtics 86

7:17 p.m. ET — The Sixers outscore the Celtics 38-29 in the third and take a three-point lead into the final frame. Joel Embiid has been an absolute monster inside. He's got 30 points and 11 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action.

7:11 p.m. ET — An eye-popping stat: The Sixers have committed 12 turnovers and scored three points off turnovers. The Celtics have turned the ball over only four times and scored 22 points off turnovers. Ball security will be huge down the stretch.

7:04 p.m. ET — Kyrie Irving is excellent with the underhand scoop shot. Now he's tossing lobs that way. Good luck guarding him.

6:53 p.m. ET — An 8-2 run to start the third quarter puts the 76ers right back in the game.

Halftime: Celtics 57, 76ers 51

6:35 p.m. ET — A competitive first half comes to a close with the Celtics holding a six-point advantage. Kyrie Irving leads all scorers with an efficient 23 points (10-of-15 from the field, 3-of-6 on 3-pointers), but Joel Embiid (19 points, nine rebounds) and JJ Redick (15 points, 4-of-4 from 3-point range) are keeping the Sixers alive.

Redick would probably like to have this one back, though.

6:25 p.m. ET — Behind-the-back pass? No, that would be an off-the-back pass.

6:20 p.m. ET — Nothing like an easy dunk to get "Jimmy Buckets" into the flow of the game.

6:13 p.m. ET — It's the Joel Embiid and JJ Redick show for the Sixers. Embiid and Redick have combined for 25 of the Sixers' first 36 points.

End of first quarter: Celtics 32, 76ers 25

6:02 p.m. ET — Kyrie Irving is on fire. He's got 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field.

5:50 p.m. ET — Good hustle by Kyrie Irving and bad box outs by, well, everyone involved.

5:40 p.m. ET — And we're off! The 76ers jump out to a quick 10-4 lead. Joel Embiid is scoring early and often.

5:15 p.m. ET — Jimmy Butler is feeling that Christmas spirit.

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