The Celtics, however, have won six in a row and Irving, speaking at a media day ahead of the game, believes his team are refreshed and ready to deal with the 76ers and their rookie sensation Ben Simmons.
Embiid and Simmons helped out Redick at the start of the second and the 76ers made their first nine shots of the quarter to open the 22-point lead with 6:56 remaining in the quarter. Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who blew an early 19-point lead before running away in the fourth quarter.
As they repeated the first half of that feat with a comeback victory over the 76ers on Thursday night, the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics provided more evidence that they can emulate that 2008 squad.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the game was the two heralded rookies on the floor - Jayson Tatum and Simmons, the latter generally considered the Rookie of the Year front-runner.
His French compatriots Alexandre Lacazette and Antoine Griezmann did likewise - with the latter having seen the Celtics play in America last season.
The game had your everyday back-and-forth, until things late in the final quarter suddenly got a little heated than usual.
Philadelphia's fledgling stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons showed flashes of what will be a dazzingly bright future - but the young guns just couldn't keep up with such a complete team as the Celtics.
It took a while for the Celtics to get going, but they were simply dominant after the slow start.
In Marcus Morris' estimation, the worst part about a minutes restriction is that it deprives a player of rhythm. Simmons threw a forearm at Morris as he worked his way through a screen that Morris set, sending the veteran to the ground.
Fred VanVleet came off the bench to score 22 points as the Raptors embarrassed the Cavaliers by getting double figure scoring from seven different players at Air Canada Centre arena.
Morris, who missed 22 games over the first half of the season because of a sore left knee, is only starting to show what he can produce, good health willing.
Kyrie Irving had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the eighth NBA game played in England.
The second-best defense during that stretch, which belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, owns a 100.9 rating.
LeBron James and the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers absorbed their most lopsided loss of the season Thursday night when they were routed by the Toronto Raptors, 133-99. The Celtics have surrendered just 100.3 points per 100 possessions against team's with top-10 offenses this year, a full 3.7 points better than the second-rated Spurs.
The two teams will meet again on January 18th, when the Sixers host the Celtics in Philly.
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