The event they witnessed was a very rare NBA regular season game held outside of North America, as the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103. Bryant could break the record for highest salary among players eligible for arbitration for the first time, a mark set when first baseman Ryan Howard was awarded a raise from $900,000 to $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008 instead of Philadelphia's $7 million offer.
JJ Redick had 22 points and hit five 3-pointers for Philadelphia, but the 76ers were unable to take advantage of their fast start as the Celtics NBA-best defense tightened at O2 Arena. Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who blew an early 19-point lead before running away in the fourth quarter.
As they repeated the first half of that feat with a comeback victory over the 76ers on Thursday, the East-leading Celtics provided more evidence that they can emulate that 2008 squad. He brought a phenomenal scoring boost to start the third quarter, and then everything seemed to fall in place from there.
Morris immediately popped up, shoved Simmons and the two were quickly separated by teammates.
After seeing his debut season in the league wiped out by a foot injury, Simmons has proved worth the wait for Sixers fans this campaign.
"When you build some buffer around this game in the middle of the season, it requires compressing the schedule in other parts of the season".
And though coach Brad Stevens said yesterday he will still be careful about managing the power forward's playing time, it's clear that Morris' flow is back.
It got testy in the fourth quarter, with Boston's Morris taking exception to a foul from Simmons to spark a brief melee, but the main battle of the night had already been settled in the Celtics' favour. It all led The Ringer's Zach Kram to wonder whether the Celtics are the best young team in NBA history.
Fans have flooded into the British capital from across Europe, excited at the prospect of the bright young sides going head to head.
Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points for Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and the Raptors overcame the absences of two starters. Jayson Tatum was a non factor and Kyrie Irving could not stop front rimming his shots. Instead, Brown's energy jolted the Celtics out of their early funk. Marcus Morris scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Al Horford collected 13 points, eight boards and seven assists.
"For me to come here, I appreciate these types of moments".
Toronto's 29 wins through 40 games are the most in franchise history. The Celtics have surrendered just 100.3 points per 100 possessions against team's with top-10 offenses this year, a full 3.7 points better than the second-rated Spurs.
The Blues were well represented as Spanish trio, Pedro and Marcos Alonso were also spotted.