NBA: CELTICS, MAGIC AND 76ERS WIN THEIR OPENER

Dec, 24th 2020 – The Boston Celtics won their NBA season-opener against the Milwaukee Bucks after Jayson Tatum hit a late three-pointer in a thrilling finale.

The Celtics had a 17-point lead going into the final quarter and held off the Bucks when Tatum landed from 28 feet. Last season’s NBA finalists the Miami Heat lost 113-107 to the Orlando Magic.

Tatum said, “Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be in that position. If it goes down or not, that’s what I work so hard for. You just want to be in that moment.”

Evan Fournier scored 25 points and Aaron Gordon chipped in with 20 for hosts Magic. The Washington Wizards lost to the Philadelphia 76ers by the same scoreline, despite Russell Westbrook’s triple-double on his debut. The nine-time all-star scored 21 points, had 11 rebounds and 15 assists.

The Houston Rockets’ season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder has been postponed because the Rockets are unable to field enough players. Three Rockets players returned either positive or inconclusive coronavirus results, with another four needing to quarantine after contact tracing.

Rockets star James Harden is unavailable because of a violation of the NBA’s coronavirus protocols.

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