Sixers vs. Celtics: Top 5 player performances in NBA overtime thriller

Kyrie Irving helped lead the Boston Celtics to an overtime win on Christmas Day. [Image via Bleacher Report/YouTube screencap]
Kyrie Irving helped lead the Boston Celtics to an overtime win on Christmas Day. [Image via Bleacher Report/YouTube screencap]

The Eastern Conference rivals went into an exciting extra session on Christmas Day.

Christmas Day 2018 featured a nice batch of NBA games for sports fans to enjoy. Among the early games on the slate, the Boston Celtics hosted the Philadelphia 76ers. The two teams would need overtime to decide it, with Boston winning at home, 121-114.

Here are the five players who had the biggest impacts in the game today.

1

Kyrie Irving - Boston Celtics

Irving stepped up again as the Celtics' team leader in this latest victory. The All-Star guard shot 17-for-33 including a 5-for-10 rate from downtown and finished with 40 points. Irving also hauled in 10 rebounds, dished out three assists, and had a steal in the OT win.

2

Jayson Tatum - Boston Celtics

Playing the role of sidekick for Irving today was forward Jayson Tatum. The Celtics' rising star had a double-double as he scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Tatum also filled out the stat sheet with two blocks, two steals, and an assist in the win.

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