The reigning champions and the Celtics began their season with great success, respectively against Oklahoma City and Philadelphia.
Boston, presented as the New Eastern Conference reference team, outscored Philadelphia (105-87) at the kick-off of the 2018-19 NBA season. The Celtics took off at the end of the second period thanks to Jayson Tatum, who scored 23 points, and were not worried by the Sixers after the break.
Boston leader Kyrie Irving was limited to seven points (2 out of 14 on the shot), but Tatum, well supported by Marcus Morris (16 points in 21 minutes), made the difference. For his official return to Parquet, a year after a terrible injury (double ankle-tibia fracture) during his Celtics debut in October 2017, Gordon Hayward scored 10 points and made four saves. In the Philadelphia ranks, only Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons lived up to their reputations, with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 19 points, 15 rebounds, respectively.
After the Celtics, honors the reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors, to challenge a private Oklahoma city squad for the Russell Westbrook opportunity. Long hung up due to an address at three points away from their usual guns (7 out of 26), like a Klay Thompson not in a big day (14 points at 5 out of 20 on the shot), the men of Steve Kerr nevertheless knew how to make the difference in the money-time.
It was a cruel end to the game for Dennis Schröder, who had excelled so far with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, but who had the misfortune to throw a horrible three-point air ball and lose a hot ball in the last minute, which sealed Golden State’s victory (108-100). Stephen Curry led the game with 32 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. Kevin Durant finished on his heels with 27 points and 8 rebounds as well.