October 19, 2022 (Jack87 News) – The opening game of the new NBA season kicked off today. The Boston Celtics played at home against the Philadelphia 76ers BK8. Both teams sent their main players to play except for Celtics center Robert Williams, who was absent due to injury. In the end, the Celtics defeated the 76ers 126-117 at home.
Four-quarter score (76ers ahead): 29-24, 23-39, 25-35, 29-28
Celtics player statistics: Tatum 35 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists, Jaylen Brown 35 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, Horford 6 points and 5 rebounds, Derrick White 2 points and 4 assists, Smart 14 points and 7 assists , Brogdon 16 points and 4 assists
76ers player statistics: Embiid 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists, Harden 35 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, Maxey 21 points, Harris 18 points, Tucker 6 points and 4 rebounds, Harrell 2 points
As soon as the whistle was heard, Embiid jumped for the ball to make the first attack but was blocked by Jaylen Brown. Then, Smart broke through the throw and scored the first goal of the season. Not long after, Tatum made three-point breakthroughs in a row and hit a 9-2 spurt. It was also at that time when Horford was sentenced to a malicious foul for stepping on Harden. After a while, Boda8 Harden, Harris, and Maxi teamed up to stop the Celtics. Harden exploded before the ending the quarter, scoring 16 points to help the team lead 29-24.
The second quarter came with new set of players. Brogdon led the second team of the Celtics to counterattack. Jaylen Brown scored 10 points in a row, but the 76ers still maintained the lead. Embiid led the team to stabilize the situation. He penned 11 points this time. The two sides refused to give in to each other, and the score remained in the single digit gap, and finally entered the second half.
After changing sides and fighting again, more heat surrounded the court. Embiid and Smart clashed over grabbing the ball, and the Celtics were fined for a technical foul. But this conflict seems to wake up the Celtics. Tatum and Brown teamed up to lead the team to overtake the score. The two quickly opened the point difference to double digits and completely established the advantage. At the end of the second quarter, it is the Celtics that won the lead.
The decisive moment happened in the final quarter where both teams showed fierce physical confrontation. With Celtics’ established advantage in the early stage, the 76ers found it hard to withstood the pressure and in the end grab the first lost of the season from Boston 117-126 Bet99.