Boston Celtics Vs Philadelphia 76ers

Sixers vs Celtics
Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers

The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers stands as one of the most storied and enduring clashes in NBA history. Dating back to the early days of the league, Sixers and Celtics have engaged in epic battles that have left an indelible mark on the sport.

The intense rivalry peaked during the 1980s when Larry Bird's Celtics and Julius Erving's 76ers waged legendary playoff wars. Both the teams led by their fierce leaders captivated fans with their enthusiasm. The matchups between these two Eastern conference powerhouses are filled not only with individual brilliance but also a clash of contrasting styles and team philosophies.

The Celtics and 76ers faced each other in several iconic playoff series over the years. In the 2023 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Boston Celtics were down 3-2 against the formidable 76ers, but then the Celtics orchestrated a remarkable comeback, ultimately securing a 4-3 series triumph. At the heart of this triumph was Jayson Tatum, who made NBA history with a scintillating 51-point performance in Game 7. Tatum's breathtaking display not only secured the victory for the Celtics but also etched his name in NBA history for the most points in a Game 7, surpassing the mark set by Stephen Curry just two weeks earlier.

On the opposing side, the Philadelphia 76ers have their chapter of legends, with Andrew Toney standing tall as the "Boston Strangler." Revered by Boston sportswriters for his uncanny ability to take control of games against the Celtics, Toney went berserk on March 21, 1982, when he scored a staggering 25 points in the fourth quarter at the Philadelphia Spectrum—a feat that remains the Sixers' team record for most points scored in a quarter. Toney's heroics extended the series to the pivotal Game 7 where he scored a team-high 33 points to propel the Sixers to the Finals. In the storied rivalry between the Celtics and the 76ers, names like Tatum and Toney continue to echo through time, embodying the essence of basketball greatness.

In the most recent playoffs of 2023, the Celtics eliminated the Sixers in the second round on their way to the Eastern Conference NBA Finals. Both the teams will be again facing each other on May 1 for their way to the Finals.

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers Head to Head Record Statistics

Celtics vs 76ers Regular Season Head to Head

Boston CelticsPhiladelphia 76ers
Total Wins269157
Home WIN%64.90%42.50%
Away WIN%57.50%35.10%
Points Per Game103.499.2
Home Points Per Game102.7101
Away Points Per Game104.197.3

Celtics vs 76ers Playoffs Head to Head

Boston CelticsPhiladelphia 76ers
Total Series Wins157
All Games6650

Boston Celtics Vs Philadelphia 76ers 2023/24 Rosters

In terms of the current rosters, the Boston Celtics have a talented lineup that includes players such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Jrue Holiday, and Al Horford. The Philadelphia 76ers also have a strong roster, featuring players like Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris.

Philadelphia 76ers’ Roster

12Tobias HarrisPF6-8226
8De'Anthony MeltonSG6-2200
44Paul ReedC6-9210
22Patrick BeverleyPG6-2180
0Tyrese MaxeyPG6-2200
21Joel EmbiidC7-0280
33Robert CovingtonSF6-7209
5Marcus MorrisPF6-8218
30Furkan KorkmazSG6-7202
40Nicolas BatumPF6-8230
11Jaden SpringerSG6-4204
9Kelly Oubre Jr.SF6-7203
25Danuel House Jr.SF6-6220
7Mo BambaC7-0231
1KJ MartinSF6-6215
Terquavion Smith (TW)PG6-4165
Javonte Smart (TW)PG6-4205
Ricky Council IV (TW)SG6-6205

Boston Celtics’ Rosters

0Jayson TatumPF6-8210
30Sam HauserSF6-8215
11Payton PritchardPG6-1195
7Jaylen BrownSF6-6223
4Jrue HolidayPG6-4205
42Al HorfordC6-9240
9Derrick WhiteSG6-4190
8Kristaps PorziņģisC7-2240
40Luke KornetC7-2250
45Dalano BantonPG6-9204
12Oshae BrissettSF6-7210
50Svi MykhailiukSF6-7205
77Lamar StevensPF6-6230
88Neemias Queta (TW)C7-0245
Jordan WalshSF6-7205
JD Davison (TW)SG6-1195
Nathan Knight (TW)PF6-8253

Boston Celtics Vs Philadelphia 76ers Head to Head

  • In the regular season, the Celtics and Sixers have faced each other 463 times, with the Celtics winning 267 games and the Sixers winning 196 games.

  • The two teams have met in the playoffs 22 times, with the Celtics winning 13 series and the Sixers winning 9. Their most recent playoff series was in the second round of the 2018 NBA playoffs, with the Celtics winning the series 4-1. The Celtics were led by young stars like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and All-Star Kyrie Irving while the Sixers were led by their All-Star duo of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The Celtics' defensive prowess and greater depth helped them to win and advance into the Eastern Conference finals consecutively for the second year.

  • Both Eastern Conference giants faced each other in the conference semifinals of 2023, with the series going to 7 games yet against and the Celtics emerged victorious.


Q. Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers semi-finals: where to watch?

A. The NBA semi-finals are broadcasted on several networks, including ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV or if you have a cable and satellite TV connection you will have access to the game.

Q. Are the Celtics better than the 76ers?

A. The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers have faced each other the most number of times in the NBA playoffs, having played against each other in 21 series. Out of these 22 series, the Celtics have won 13 of them, while the 76ers have won the remaining 9.

Q. Who is the biggest Sixers legend?

A. Wilt Chamberlain, Allen Iverson, and Julius Erving have witnessed several mesmerizing performances over the years, and are the greatest players in the Sixers’ franchise history.

Q. What is the Celtics' longest winning streak?

A. The Boston Celtics' longest winning streak in NBA history is 19 games, which they achieved twice. The first time was during the 2008-2009 season, and the second time was during the 2010-2011 season.