Marcus Smart ejected after shoving Joel Embiid

Watch Marcus Smart send Joel Embiid flying with a'cheap shot, get ejected

Missing Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes hurt, but the Celtics still nearly pulled out Wednesday's win.

The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers resumed in old-school fashion on Wednesday night.

"He was very, very dominant tonight", 76ers coach Brett Brown said of Embiid.

After months of talk about the extent to which Al Horford has dug himself into Embiid's head, the All-Star big man exploded for 37 points and 22 rebounds. For a guy who's a solidified 20-point scorer, Philly decided it was worth parting ways with its perimeter defender Wilson Chandler, future draft picks and first-round rookie Landry Shamet one week before the trade deadline.

During the third quarter of the two team's matchup in Philadelphia, Embiid elbowed Smart on a chippy screen.

Embiid quickly got up and looked to retaliate but he was able to get held back by teammates.

Two seconds later, after Boston inbounded the ball following the stoppage in play, Embiid caught Smart trying to go by him with what appeared to be an elbow into the left rib cage.

Embiid was not ejected and remained in the game. With 13 points that were mostly quiet, he found his impact through passing, rebounding, and defense.

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Embiid expressed his frustrations about the incident after the game. Of the block, Embiid would say "this is why I am the best defensive player in the league". He's still the only player in the National Basketball Association I've seen that can defend both Embiid and Simmons.

Smart exited the game after recording just three points and four assists in 19 minutes and did not speak with reporters following the game. He banked in a shot with his right hand and got fouled by Marcus Morris, hitting the free throw to make it 116-113 with 40.8 seconds to go.

"I thought I had him beat", Irving said. Embiid was fined $25,000 after the latest loss for criticizing officials.

Rozier, who already has trolled the 76ers for the confetti celebration, did so again after Wednesday's game.

The Celtics acknowledged that losing Smart was a big blow. He knows how we all feel and he knows we all love him.

Brad Stevens said Baynes suffered a Grade 2 spain.

Boston: Hayward missed his second straight game. Aron Baynes just couldn't handle Embiid. The Celtics dropped to 17-18 on the road. The 76ers improved to 29-9 at home. It felt like he willed the Sixers back into the game with a 15-point third quarter.

The Celtics take on the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

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