Boston Celtics took the opener at home on Tuesday as they defeated a good Philadelphia 76’ers team by the score of 126-117. The way the first quarter started, there wasn’t any guarantee the entire team wouldn’t foul out. It was a real fest out there as every time the opponents went to the basket there was a foul. Also, poor judgment was made on fouling the shooter on 3-pt. shots.
Then as they say, good players turn it up when the going gets tough. that was Jayson Tatum. He scored 15 points in the period alone. He couldn’t be stopped. He drove to the basket and finished. He made outside shots from several spots on the floor. He dished the ball out with success. Philadelphia couldn’t stop him. He brought them back from a first quarter deficit to finish the first half all knotted up at 63-63.
The addition of Malcolm Brogdon is going to pay dividends for the Boston Celtics this season and he handled himself all over the floor. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown got in a mix up with Joel Embiid. All game long Embiid got his way on the calls. He is especially good at pushing away from the ball and flopping on the floor with his drive to the basket. However, he is sensitive to people taking exception to it snf his temper can get the best of him.
The second half mostly belonged to the Celtics as they drove to the hoop with success quite often. They started dishing out and moving the ball for another pass to get the open shot and pulled away. At one point, Boston led by 16 points before settling on a nine point victory.
But its just one game.
Tatum and Brown each had 35 points to lead the team.Malcolm Brogdon (16 points) and Grant Williams (15 points) combined to score 31 off the bench. Jayson Tatum lead the team with 12 rebounds. Marcus Smart picked up seven assists. Interim head coach Joe Mazzula notched his first NBA win of his career.
The next contest is Friday, October 22nd with the Miami Heat coming to the TD Garden. A very nice ceremony took place prior to the game. Before the game, the Celtics paid tribute to the late Bill Russell. The Hall of Fame center helped Boston win 11 NBA titles during his 13-year career. Russell passed away July 31.
Russell’s No. 6 has been added to the parquet floor at TD Garden and has been retired by the NBA, making him one of only three athletes in major American sports to have a jersey number retired across an entire league, joining baseball’s Jackie Robinson (No. 42) and hockey’s Wayne Gretzky (No. 99).
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