On Tuesday night, the 2022–23 season began with a doubleheader. First up, in an early matchup among Eastern Conference contenders, the Boston Celtics upset the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 35 points each as they defeated the Sixers 126-117.
After winning their fourth championship in the previous eight seasons, the reigning champion Golden State Warriors got their rings in the West.
The Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James, who needed 1,326 points to overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's all-time leading scorer at the start of the season, were out to sabotage the celebration.
James fell 1,295 points short of the record in the Lakers' 123-109 loss to Golden State thanks to his 31-point performance.
I haven't heard the song in a while, but from 2015 to 2019, when the Warriors made five straight Finals trips, it served as their unofficial anthem.
The two seasons between the Warriors' Finals appearances were lengthy, as Stephen Curry hinted at during the Warriors' championship ring presentation on Tuesday night.