Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Season gets started with Celtics' win

Season gets started with Celtics' win

The Celtics winning by 18 points on a night when Irving struggled to get his game going shows the strength in depth the Boston franchise possesses. Although the 76ers cut the deficit to five again (66-61), Boston brought the lead back to double digits and never looked back (89-72).

Warriors 108, Celtics 100: Stephen Curry had 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors opened their quest for a three-peat by holding off the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100 on Tuesday night in Oakland. And the now RFA-to-be Terry Rozier, who had 11 off the bench, as well as Marcus Morris (16 points).

Not even Jaylen Brown, who shouldered the scoring load in the absence of both Hayward (during the regular season) and Irving (in the postseason), could get his shot right before the fourth quarter of play in Boston's season opener.

On the flip side, Philadelphia were top-heavy with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons leading the way in both points (23 and 19) and minutes (37 and 43).

Fultz had started for the Sixers in the preseason, and Brown told reporters on Monday that he would remain in the starting lineup to start the regular season, which means veteran JJ Redick will come off of the bench.

The Celtics are favored to win the conference and the Sixers and Raptors are expected to be their chief competition. They score the ball. On the other hand, we find the most dominant team of the decade and arguably basketball history, so you know this one's going down to the wire.

"This is not a rivalry", Embiid said.

It may take some time for Brad Stevens' squad to perfectly fit all the pieces together, but the Celtics can still keep winning in the interim off the richness of their talent alone. So... anyone still want to argue Danny Ainge didn't own the Sixers when he traded away the No. 1 pick to move back two spots and get Jayson Tatum? "They always kick our ass".

"It was everything I was expecting when I originally signed here". Coming off a knee injury on a deep roster, the Celtics can afford to ease Irving into things to start out the season as he shakes the rust off.

"I think as long as I can do things when I'm out there on the court that can help us get wins, I'll be happy". By the end of the third, he pushed to a game-leading 20 points, and finished with a game-high 23 points (nine-for-17) to go with nine rebounds in 28 minutes.

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