Eden Hazard, Sir Alex Among Premier League Stars Attend NBA London Game

Joel Embiid says he can't wait to kick talk's*** and kick the Boston Celtics'a** on Thursday

Joel Embiid says he can't wait to kick talk's*** and kick the Boston Celtics'a** on Thursday

The Celtics defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves at the O2 Arena in the preseason of their title-winning 2007-08 campaign, but star point guard Kyrie Irving - who contributed 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds against the Sixers - feels the reshuffled group must first discover their identity before considering a championship bid.

So far this season it has equated to a middling record, but they arrived in London on the back of four straight wins and the vision was clear to see in a first half when they put Boston in the shade.

Morata and Bellerin looked cosy together as the Spanish duo joked around with comedian and Arsenal fan Jack Whitehall at one point.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics in scoring with 21 points and praised Al Horford, Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis for shutting the Sixers big man down. Simmons was whistled for the foul, Morris drew a technical foul and was even booed when he went to the line.

Irving returned early in the fourth and was fouled making a trademark driving layup and made the free throw to give the Celtics a 105-88 advantage midway through the quarter, all but ending the contest.

Morris popped right up and lost his cool, giving Simmons a little shove.

A tight opening quarter saw Redick draw first blood and the 76ers take a five-point lead into the first break.

There was a lot of talk about how the hectic Celtics' schedule could have hurt them throughout the month of December.

It's hard to argue with that logic, and if Tatum continues to progress and develop away from the spotlight this season he has every chance of battling Simmons for top honors.

"It's good to see Philly's got some OK guys, some tougher guys, you know what I'm saying?" Philadelphia surrounds two of the NBA's most talented young players in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid with capable role players everywhere, but were totally overwhelmed throughout the lopsided stretch.

There is no questioning the talent of Embiid and Simmons; they are going to be a fearsome duo for years to come.

LONDON - The NFL is heading to a new destination in London, and the first match-up at English Premier League club Tottenham will be the Oakland Raiders against the Seattle Seahawks in October. While most of his teammates unraveled in a string of confusing decisions, Brown just kept working. Celtics forward Marcus Morris' intensity is always running high.

Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and the Raptors overcame the absence of two starters. However, Irving finally made a 3, sparking a strong Celtics finish to the half as they closed to 57-48.

The Celtics clearly started this game flat and out of rhythm. The Cameroon native said he loved the experience of playing internationally, despite having a sub-par game with 16 points in Philadelphia's 114-103 loss.

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