Ben Simmons and his Philadelphia 76ers resume their rivalry with Boston and their young star Jayson Tatum. Picture: Getty
Ben Simmons and his Philadelphia 76ers resume their rivalry with Boston and their young star Jayson Tatum. Picture: Getty

Red-hot Curry fires NBA champs to opening night win

BEN Simmons did everything possible but couldn't prevent Philadelphia from suffering an opening day beatdown at the hands of the Boston Celtics - while it's business as usual for NBA champions Golden State.

Steph Curry lit up the Oracle Arena with a 19-point first half as the Golden State Warriors welcomed another championship banner with over-the-top fanfare and a ridiculous new ring - as well as a hard-fought 108-100 victory.

The Warriors did away with tradition by making the first ever reversible championship rings - just one of many pieces of outrageous, specialised jewelry crafted to celebrate last year's triumph.

The ring, which includes 74 diamonds and sapphires down each side (representing each win of last year's title run), has special nods to their dominant season - including bristle texture (like a broom, geddit?) on the sides of the ring for their dominant sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year's finals.

 

Stephen Curry (bottom, C) leads the Warriors in their championship ring celebration. Picture: Getty
Stephen Curry (bottom, C) leads the Warriors in their championship ring celebration. Picture: Getty

Curry finished with a game-high 32 points to hold off a competitive Thunder outfit who rallied from a big half-time deficit on the back of a monster second half from Paul George (28 points) in the absence of injured point guard Russell Westbrook.

Earlier, Simmons finished just shy of a triple-double, dropping 19 points, 15 boards, eight assists and four steals as the Celtics prevailed 105-87 in Boston in the opening game of the NBA season.

Celtics' second-year star Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 23 points to go with nine rebounds as Boston signalled their intention to be one of the powerhouses of the new season.

Boomers centre Aron Baynes had a monster second half and showed off his outside threat - drilling two three pointers - on his way to eight points, four rebounds and three assists, while Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid added a team-high 23 points but cut a forlorn figure at times during the contest.

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