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NBA preseason scores 2017: Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward made their Celtics debuts

The Celtics were the highlight, but Monday night had highlights all around.

The regular season hasn’t started yet, but through a few Monday night NBA preseason games, one thing has become clear: This year is gonna be a whole lot of fun.

Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were introduced as Celtics at the TD Garden for the first time:

Here are their first buckets:

BTW Kyrie also dunks now:

Irving finished with nine points and Hayward scored just five, but that’s not what matters. Neither was outstanding, but neither was awful. This is the beginning of a chemistry that’ll take years to build.

Lonzo Ball isn’t just throwing alley-oops, he’s catching them:

Ball had a slight ankle tweak in the second quarter that scared Lakers fans out of their seats. He was fine and re-entered the game in the second half, but Los Angeles found itself down 20.

That’s when the Lakers went on an insane fourth-quarter run to cut said lead down to four in the fourth quarter, thanks to 23 points on 4-of-9 shooting from downtown by Kyle Kuzma.

Los Angeles still lost, but it’s fun to be a Lakers fan again.

Malik Monk scored his first NBA points on a step-back three:

It’s what the man does.

Other things that happened:

  • Mario Chalmers is back (with the Grizzlies) and put up 19 points in a win over Orlando.
  • Jaylen Brown had a pretty cool dunk:
  • Guerschon Yabusele has a fun run to watch:
  • And last but not least, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen have the coolest handshake in the world.

And to think the NBA season hasn’t even started yet!

Monday night’s preseason scores

Celtics 94, Hornets 82

Grizzlies 92, Magic 84

Mavericks 106, Bucks 104

Kings 106, Spurs 100

Wizards 126, Guangzhou Long-Lions 96

Jazz 108, Sydney Kings 83

Nuggets 113, Lakers 107