Ten seasons ago, the Boston Celtics came to London and won. As they repeated the first half of that feat with a comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics provided more evidence that they can emulate that 2007-08 squad. Kyrie Irving had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Boston overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 114-103 in the eighth regular season NBA game played in England.
One day, LeBron James will eventually relinquish his throne. While Ben Simmons and the Sixers impressively raced out to a 22-point lead over the Celtics in London on Thursday, James was clearly watching. King James took to Twitter to give Simmons some love, while voting for the Sixers' rookie in the process (and to boot, the vote counts for two).
Joel Embiid felt like he was destined to struggle from the outset in the Philadelphia 76ers' 114-103 defeat to the Boston Celtics in London on Thursday. The Sixers entered the match on the back of four straight wins but let a 22-point second-quarter lead slip to fall to a third loss against the Celtics this season. Embiid shot just four-of-16 from the floor and missed all six of his three-point attempts in his previous outing against Boston in October.
The Sixers are not bringing a win back from London. Instead, they will return to Philadelphia with a list of improvements needed to compete with the top talent in the Eastern Conference. Surrendering leads is not a new issue for the Sixers.
If Adam Silver learned one thing from his latest trip to London, it's that the appetite for more NBA games remains huge around Europe — and the rest of the world. "We're considering bringing additional games to Europe," Silver said ahead of Thursday's game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena. "It's just the logistical challenges for us are so much greater (than for the NFL).
Premier League stars of now and years past graced London’s O2 Arena to catch a rare regular season NBA game outside of the U.S. and Canada. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack were all seen courtside,
The Boston Celtics climbed off the mat at London's O2 Arena on Thursday, rallying from a 22-point first-half deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103. Star guard Kyrie Irving scored 20 points with seven assists and six rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Marcus Morris had 19 with eight rebounds as the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics stretched their NBA winning streak to seven games.
Ben Simmons lays out shoulder charge on Celtics opponent. Ben Simmons is a brolic rookie who makes his scoring impact bowling over bodies in the paint. Celtics forward Marcus Morris’ intensity is always running high.
Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving starred as the Boston Celtics recovered from a 22-point deficit to triumph 114-103 over the Philadelphia 76ers at London's O2 Arena on Thursday. The Eastern Conference leaders overturned a hefty disadvantage in the second quarter of Thursday's NBA London encounter with a dominant closing half, as Philadelphia proved unable to keep pace. It is the third time this season the Sixers have failed to see out victory from a winning position against the Celtics.
The Big Comeback. The Celtics trailed by as many as 22 in the first half to the Philadelphia 76ers, only to come roaring back in the second half to finish with a different kind of blowout in winning 114-103 Thursday at O2 Arena. Jaylen Brown had a game-high 21 points, with Kyrie Irving chipping in with 20.