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Cavs, Rockets Pick Up Opening Night Victories

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Cavs, Rockets Pick Up Opening Night Victories

Opening night in the NBA lived up to all of the hype. Two marquee-matchups headlined TNT’s doubleheader on  Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving played in Cleveland… as a Boston Celtic, alongside new teammate Gordon Hayward (for a few minutes anyways). But there seemed to be no hard feelings between Irving and former teammate LeBron James. And in part two of opening night, James Harden and new acquisition Chris Paul went to none other than Oracle Arena to face the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, who held their ring ceremony prior to the game. With four of the leagues top-teams, NBA fans were ready for an exciting night of basketball to kick-off the season.

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The new-look Celtics were ready to prove that they are able to contend with the Cavaliers in the East. But unfortunately for them, new acquisition Gordon Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and broken tibia with 6:45 remaining in the first quarter.

LeBron James scored 29 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and assisted on 9 buckets en route to Cleveland’s 102-99 victory over the Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena. Kyrie, in his return, scored 22 points and dished out 10 assists in the C’s loss. Jaylen Brown had a team-high 25 points for the Celtics in the loss. Late in the game the Cavs were down 98-95, until the defending Eastern Conference champs went on a 7-1 run to close out the game.

Boston fans got to see their third overall pick Jayson Tatum play against the East’s best. Tatum’s first score was a dunk in transition mid-way through the 3rd quarter. He finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in his NBA debut.

Kevin Love finished the game with a double-double, 15 points, 11 rebounds, and hit two crucial free throws late in the game. Jae Crowder and Dwyane Wade each went 3/10 from the field in their Cavalier debuts, and former MVP Derrick Rose finished with 14 points in his debut as well.

Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors

Game 2 of the opening night doubleheader involved the defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors hosting the Houston Rockets. After allowing 71 points in the first half, Houston’s defense stiffened up as James Harden’s 27 points and 10 assists led to a Rocket comeback victory over the Warriors 122-121.

Down 13 entering the fourth, Houston began to slowly but surely mount their comeback. P.J. Tucker hit two clutch free throws with .44 seconds left to go up one, and Kevin Durant’s last-second game-winner was waived off after the ball was still in his hand after the horn sounded.

Three players from each team scored 20+ points. Newly acquired Nick Young scored a team-high 23 points off the bench on 8/9 shooting (6/7 3pt FG) from the field in the loss. Stephen Curry added 22 points and Kevin Durant added 20 points in their losing efforts. To join Harden, Tucker netted 20 points and Eric Gordon added 24 points as the Rocket bench combined for 58 points in their win.

Chris Paul assisted on eleven made field goals, and only scored 4 points (2/9 FG) in their win. Draymond Green finished with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, while Klay Thompson added 16 for the defending champs.


Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery.

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