Embiid scored 31 points with 13 rebounds for Philadelphia. The red-hot Celtics hit 17 three-pointers on the night, as the Sixers regularly blew rotations and coverages, leaving shooters wide open.
It's truly impressive that the Boston Celtics have made it this far in the playoffs - let alone that they're leading their series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
While Boston has grown accustomed to playing without two of their superstars, they were forced to do without another star player Monday night, Jaylen Brown. The Celtics can nearly certainly survive Embiid scoring 30 points, if they restrict the arsenal of shooters deployed around him.
"We all got together yesterday [Sunday] and we had a plan", Rozier said following the game. "And I think Jayson, he's starting to figure it out".
Head to head, the road team is 8-4 ATS in the last 12 meetings, the underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings and the 76ers are 4-2 ATS in the last six meetings in Boston.
Embiid scored 54.1 FanDuel points in Game 1.
I expected the 76ers to take care of business in Game 1 but perhaps the long layoff backfired on them as they weren't almost as sharp as they were in the first round. I just didn't know what it was going to be... The 6-foot-10 point guard Simmons and the 7-foot Embiid have a full complement of weapons like sharpshooters JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli, and versatile forwards Dario Saric and Robert Covington.
But as the Celtics have shown all year, regardless of who they have on the floor, they'll be a match for any team.
A team like the Celtics, who are missing two legitimate star players, needs to play in rhythm in order to have success.
Sixers coach Brett Brown is familiar with the Philadelphia and Boston matchups of the 1980s, having grown up in South Portland, Maine.
"I thought he was really good, really consistent", Brad Stevens said of Tatum after the game.
Celtics: It was the first time that Boston has had three players score 25 or more points in a playoff game since Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo in 2009.
Smart's thumb took a pretty hard shot before halftime, but he said it's "all good now" with "no soreness".