PHILADELPHIA — Brad Stevens had to search deep into his bench to find a way to pull out the Celtics' first win of the year, but an unlikely combination of Shane Larkin, Terry Rozier and Jabari Bird help pushed the visitors to a 102-92 win over the Sixers. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 21 points but it was the play of Larkin (10 points, 4 assists) and Rozier (14 points, 7 rebounds) that pulled Boston out of a second half offensive funk and led a 33-20 fourth quarter turnaround for the 10-point win. Bird played 12 strong defensive minutes in the frame as well, helping to put the lid on the Sixers' 3-point shooters that gave the Celtics' trouble in the first 2.5 quarters. Al Horford remained solid as well in the second half, shaking off a slow shooting start to score 17 points and add 9 rebounds.
The Celtics improve to 1-2 with the win and now have three straight days off before hosting the Knicks on Tuesday night.