Search

NBA London Game 2018: Boston Celtics produce a comeback for the ages to beat Philadelphia 76ers

PUBLISHED: 11:41 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 12 January 2018

Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier III during the NBA London Game 2018 at The O2 (pic: Simon Cooper/PA)

Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier III during the NBA London Game 2018 at The O2 (pic: Simon Cooper/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

NBA London Game 2018: Philadelphia 76ers 103 Boston Celtics 114

Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (left) and Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons in action during the NBA London Game 2018 at The O2 (pic: Simon Cooper/PA) Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (left) and Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons in action during the NBA London Game 2018 at The O2 (pic: Simon Cooper/PA)

Down the years, there have been plenty of famous comebacks in the world of sport.

Some of the more recent ones include New England Patriots recovering from a 25-point deficit to win Super LI and Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in 2005, but there have been plenty through history to keep us all entertained.

Sir Alex Ferguson was part of a historic fightback in 1999, when his Manchester United side scored twice in stoppage time to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

Though unlikely to be as fondly remembered, Ferguson was present to witness another fine sporting comeback on Thursday night at The O2 as Boston Celtics roared back to beat Philadelphia 76ers in this year’s NBA London Game.

Sir Alex Ferguson in the crowd during the NBA London Game 2018 at The O2 (pic: Simon Cooper/PA) Sir Alex Ferguson in the crowd during the NBA London Game 2018 at The O2 (pic: Simon Cooper/PA)

Midway through the second period, Celtics trailed by as many as 22 points, yet finished the match as 114-103 victors.

Cheered on by shouts of “MVP” from the crowd, Boston point guard Kyrie Irving was one of the stars of the show.

The 25-year-old, an off-season signing from Cleveland Cavaliers, notched 20 points for Celtics in the win.

While much has been said of 76ers’ young side, with hopes they can be a real force in the NBA in the coming years, it was one of their more experienced players who shone in London.

Comedian Jack Whitehall and Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in the crowd during the NBA London Game 2018 at The O2 (pic: Simon Cooper/PA) Comedian Jack Whitehall and Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in the crowd during the NBA London Game 2018 at The O2 (pic: Simon Cooper/PA)

Shooting guard J.J. Redick, 33, finished the game as Philadelphia’s top scorer after nabbing 22 points.

The performances from Irving and Redick will have no doubt impressed a crowd that contained plenty of famous faces.

The likes of Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin, West Ham United’s Adrian, Manuel Lanzini and Pedro Obiang, as well as the Tottenham Hotspur quartet of Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld, were all at The O2.

They were joined by some of the biggest names from the world of showbusiness, including comedian Jack Whitehall, Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock and rap parody artist Big Shaq.

This year’s match between Celtics and 76ers was the eighth regular season match to be played in the capital.

And with entertainment like was witnessed on Thursday night, there are sure to be many more years of NBA action in London to follow.

Latest Ilford Stories

07:06

Read Layth Yousif’s World Cup blog after England’s stunning, sublime – and quite frankly unbelievable – 6-1 victory over Panama which has got the country dreaming...

Nearly half of the women who had an abortion in the borough last year had previously one or more terminations, according to NHS figures.

Yesterday, 16:00

Hainault & Clayhall came out on top in a low-scoring Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One clash with Gidea Park & Romford.

Yesterday, 15:00

1958: A budget investigation into two Redbridge hospitals was launched at Ilford Town Hall with a view to saving taxpayers £40,000 per year.

Yesterday, 14:00

Wanstead beat Chingford by one wicket off the penultimate ball of another thrilling Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division contest.

Yesterday, 12:45

Stand-in Essex captain Tom Westley admitted his side were outplayed by Nottinghamshire in their County Championship defeat at Chelmsford.

Yesterday, 12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Yesterday, 12:00

Which one of these four players is England’s greatest right midfielder of all time?

PROMOTED CONTENT

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now