London game an item on Irving's bucket list

Boston Celtics forward-center Al Horford left goes down on the floor during an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London Thursday Jan. 11 2018

Kevin De Bruyne took time out of his training schedule to head to the O2 Arena in London

The biggest names in sport descended to London's O2 Arena on Thursday night to catch a glimpse of the showpiece London NBA match.

Two of the most well-known basketball teams in the NBA visited Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to see Chelsea take on Arsenal.

"We came out a little bit slow, but we wanted to pick it up in the second half, and (when) we got our feet under us, we started playing ball", Boston's Jaylen Brown told NBC Sports Boston after scoring a team-high 21 points.

This rivalry has been lopsided in Boston's favor over the last few years as the Celtics are 13-1 SU and 9-5 ATS in their last 14 games against the 76ers per the OddsShark NBA Database. Tickets for the clash have sold out.

At the outset of this year's London Game, JJ Redick couldn't miss.

The NBA returns to the United Kingdom Thursday (Friday AEDT) as the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers lock horns at the 02 Arena in London. NBA League Pass subscribers will have to wait three hours until the game is available on the service, as it will be blacked out live due to national broadcast restrictions.

Who are the players to watch? . When it comes to defensive rating (DRTG), however, the Celtics own a league first 101.9 points allowed per possession to the 76ers' 106.2 points allowed per possession, 7th in the league.

Boston Celtics forward Abdel Nader left reaches out for the ball during an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London Thursday Jan. 11 2018

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"Happens throughout basketball, throughout games", said Irving. Brown praised him for carrying the ball, leading the team and "growing to be a leader".

"Difficult to guard LeBron, right", Mannix said.

Kyrie Irving, Celtics point guard: the four-time NBA All Star joined Boston previous year from the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he won an NBA championship in 2016. The Sixers were unquestionably the tone-setters, with Ben Simmons' 17-foot jumper increasing their lead to a resounding 22 points, 49-27, with seven minutes left in the second quarter. Everybody runs it. Boston switches everything. Karalis said: "Irving has put people like July-me in my place. It's paying off in a huge way for the Celtics".

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"This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We're still in the regular season, we have the playoffs to play, and until we get to that point where we'll be tested, mentally and physically... those are still steps we need to take". They've played three times in Madrid, three times in Italy, once in London and once in Istanbul (2012).

Tonight we see the Philadelphia 76ers go up against current Eastern Conference leaders the Boston Celtics in the NBA's only game to be hosted in London in 2018.

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