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Morris leads Celtics' bench on opening day

With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward struggling, the Celtics' bench, led by Marcus Morris, stepped up in their 105-87 win over the Sixers.

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Irving, Hayward show rust in Celtics' victory

Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returned to the court for the Celtics on Tuesday, combining to shoot 6-for-26 from the field. The Celtics still won 105-87 over the 76ers.

Kyrie overjoyed to be back playing with the Celtics (0:41)

Nick DePaula ESPN 

Jaylen Brown wastes no time taking advantage of the league's new loosened color restrictions on sneakers, wearing Tracy McGrady's mismatched retro Adidas TMac 3 for the Celtics' home opener. While the league's guidelines do require that "both shoes must match in color and design," players like Brown are expected to be pushing the boundaries all season long.

Tatum puts on a show in season opener (0:59)
Tatum: It 'feels good' to have everyone back (0:55)
Hayward says it felt great to be back on court (1:07)
Tatum shakes and bakes Embiid for jumper (0:22)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics picked up on opening night where they left off against the Philadelphia 76ers in last year's playoffs. After defeating the Sixers 4-1 in their second-round series, the Celtics beat Philadelphia 105-87 Tuesday in the season opener for both teams. All nine Boston players who saw more than four minutes of action scored at least seven points, led by 23 and nine rebounds from forward Jayson Tatum.

Brown powers past Embiid's block for a basket (0:31)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's one game, but the opening result for the new Sixers' lineup configuration wasn't pretty. Markelle Fultz has five points in 24 minutes as Philly was outscored by 16 with the second-year guard on the court. JJ Redick, who was replaced in the starting lineup, had 17 points off the bench but those lineups weren't impressive either.

Baynes' dime leads to Irving layup (0:16)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For Philadelphia, this has to feel a bit like the last time they played in Boston. Aron Baynes knocked down a three in that game - a Game 5 series clinching Celtics win - and finished with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He has eight points off the bench tonight against the Sixers and has knocked down two 3-pointers. Boston is in control in the season-opener.

Tatum Eurosteps for and-1 (0:21)
TD Garden erupts after Tatum's monster jam (0:23)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like Kyrie Irving is working the rust off so far: the Celtics point guard missed all eight shots in the first half of Boston's opener against Philadelphia. Irving missed the Celtics' postseason run last spring due to a knee injury that required surgery.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A small sample, but it's interesting to note that Philadelphia was outscored by 12 points in Markelle Fultz's 21 first-half minutes in Fultz's first start. Last season, the Sixers starting unit with JJ Redick was the top five-man unit in the NBA based on plus-minus rating, per NBA Advanced Stats.

Rozier rises up for monster block on Embiid (0:18)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics' transition defense looks rusty during their season opener. The Philadelphia 76ers scored 12 fast-break points in the first half, nearly matching their average of 13.5 per game during the 2018 playoff series between these teams. The Sixers had no more than 16 fast-break points in any of those five games. Still, Boston led 47-42 at the half.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics' depth has been on display during the second quarter of Tuesday's season opener. With three reserves (Aron Baynes, Markelle Fultz and Marcus Smart) flanked by starters Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics outscored the visiting 76ers 9-0 over nearly three minutes to start the period.

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Team Stats

Points Per Game105.016th
Rebounds Per Game55.05th
Assists Per Game21.0Tied-9th
Points Allowed87.02nd

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