Simmons notches triple-double as 76ers rout Bulls


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Gordon Hayward was elated to put "dark memories and dark times" behind him and make his first appearance in more than a year as the Celtics beat the 76ers.

Golden State lost last year's opener at Oracle after a title run, 122-121 to the Rockets. Plus he's been dealing with some back soreness.

"I think my nerves got the best of me tonight, " said Irving, who underwent two surgical procedures to end his season last March.

Hayward, coming off a dislocated ankle and fractured leg, showed obvious signs of rust and was on a minutes restriction, but he was just happy to be playing in a meaningful game once again.

The All-Star also added 12 rebounds for his second double-double in as many outings, plus four blocks.

"We were talking the whole game", said Tatum. They raced to 41 points in the opening period, almost breaking a record for first-quarter.

"Our strength has to be our depth, and when one guy doesn't have it going, the rest of the team has to pick them up, " said coach Brad Stevens, whose team overcame a sluggish start.

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Tatum picked up where he left off in a sensational rookie season, getting 23 points and nine rebounds. "It was a big step for me". Al Horford blocked five shots for the Celtics, who shot 43.3 percent from the field and were 11 of 37 from 3-point range.

This is not really a concern for the Celtics because we all know the kind of player that he is and since this is only his first game since the surgery, things are expected to be just fine.

No team ever likes to lose their first game of the year, but the good news for Philadelphia is with a favorable matchup scheduled for Thursday against the Chicago Bulls, there's a good chance they will earn their first win then.

Until he gets his shot right, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will continue to lead the Sixers.

Simmons said the biggest difference between the Celtics and Sixers last season was playoff experience and now the Sixers have some.

Klay Thompson shot just 5 of 20 for 14 points while center Damian Jones scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Warriors in his first career start and 26th game.

The curious case of Fultz's missing jumper continued against the Bulls when one of the more scrutinized players in the National Basketball Association managed to steal the spotlight from his more accomplished teammates with routine - yet highlight-reel worthy - baskets. You can make the case Embiid and Simmons were the most prominent players on the court on either team, but that was no where near enough and they were effective.