Looking forward after tough opening night loss

Looking forward after tough opening night loss

Still, when seeing how things played out for Philadelphia in the semifinals of the playoffs last season, a win over Boston in front of their own fans during the opener would have felt great for this team.

The NBA considers this to be a renewed rivalry because it scheduled the Sixers to play the Celtics at the Garden on opening night Tuesday on TNT and they'll meet again here on Christmas Day on ABC. But Hayward was not timid and made the most of his 25 minutes on the floor, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and four steals in Boston's 105-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Robert Covington was hopeless all night, and even Joel Embiid found himself victimized by Tatum's offensive flair - and with some chatter and a wink thrown Embiid's way from Tatum after a key make that truly put this game out of reach in the fourth.

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.

Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both returned to the court after injuries affected them last season.

Celtics: Visit the Raptors on Friday.

The ball also pinballed around the floor at times, with both teams having trouble keeping possession.

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When Tatum turned it on, what you had was a Philadelphia squad that simply did not have an answer for his game.

"It brought back a lot of memories, a lot of dark memories and dark times, but to be honest it was cool to see some of the progression", said Hayward.

The NBA season is officially back in session! Irving had seven points and seven assists.

Check out some of the highlights from last night's National Basketball Association season-opener in the posts embedded below. Irving missed his first nine attempts from the field.

Boston took a 47-42 half-time lead, the 76ers stung by 11 first-half turnovers.

The Celtics are loaded with young talents to go along with Horford, Irving and Hayward, and look like a dynasty in the making thanks to Brad Steven's top-tier defensive system. Redick starting the third quarter was expected, but T.J. McConnell outplaying Fultz down the stretch was not. 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?

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