Thursday 19 October 2017 / 02:15 PM

HOOPS WRAP: SIMMONS SHINES, GIANNIS BURIES BOSTON

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.

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.

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.

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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