Evan Turner led the Celtics with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. Turner looked great in his debut for the green. He continually attacked the rim and it payed dividends as he got his shots to drop after a slow first quarter. Turner played mostly small forward but brought the ball up a few times also. He seemed to be more comfortable playing at his true position last night. Evan Turner is going to be a pivotal piece for this Celtics team.
Other notable performers were Brandon Bass, Marcus Thornton, and Kelly Olynyk. Bass scored 15 points and grabbed 9 boards, while both Thornton and Olynyk both scored 14 points.
Marcus Smart did not play his best game last night. He only scored 2 points, but on the bright side dished out 6 assists. Smart may not have shown off his offensive game, but he certainly demonstrated his ability to run the Celtics offense. With Rajon Rondo hurt, Smart proved he is a worthy replacement, but he just needs a little more work on his offensive game.
On the other hand, Hollis Thompson played a good game for the 76ers. He exploded for 15 points in the first half, but failed to score in the second half.
Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. He played a great game all night picking the Celtics defense apart.
The first half ended with the Sixers leading 48-44. But as the second half opened the Celtics went on a 9-0 run and continued to blow the game open. A 98-78 victory was a pleasing way to start the preseason for the Boston Celtics.