John Wall led the Washington Wizards to a 120-115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers to open their NBA campaign, but Melbourne-born Ben Simmons impressed in his belated debut for the beaten Sixers.
The No.1 overall pick in last year’s Draft, Simmons missed the entire 2016/17 season with injury, but he tallied 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his long-awaited first NBA appearance.
Forward Rob Covington was the real standout for the Sixers, however, top-scoring with 29 points – including 7-for-11 from three.
Meanwhile, Simmons’ opposing point guard, the devastating Wall, notched 28 points and eight assists, with Bradley Beal chipping in 25 points.
Philadelphia led by three at halftime after a 36-24 fight-back in the second quarter, but Wall and co. turned up the heat in the third to lead by eight heading into the final term.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) 18 October 2017
Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to live up to the massive hype, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 108-100 win over a Boston Celtics side reeling from yesterday’s shocking injury to Gordon Hayward.
‘The Greek Freak’ put up 37 points and 13 rebounds in a game where no other player managed 20 points or 10 boards. Celtics linchpin Kyrie Irving was restricted to 17 points on a dismal 7-for-25 shooting night.
In a seesawing clash, the Celtics led after the first and third quarters, but the Bucks surged to victory at TD Garden via a 32-20 fourth quarter.
Giannis’ 1st game of the season:
37 PTS – 13 REBS – 3 STLS
MIL defeats BOS 108-100 pic.twitter.com/2IeM1pJLSR
— NBA (@NBA) 19 October 2017
He’s a bad man!
Bucks take down the Celtics 108-100, behind Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 37 points, 13 rebounds.
— NBA News (@NBABBGAMETIME) 19 October 2017
Elsewhere in an otherwise excellent start to day two of the 2017/18 season for the home sides, the Pacers outlasted the Nets 140-131, the Magic upset the Heat 116-109, the Pistons put away the Hornets 102-90, and the Grizzlies downed the Pelicans 103-91.