AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Boston Celtics played against the Philadelphia 76ers in a preseason game Tuesday night at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst.
The last time the two teams met at UMass was eight years ago, where the Sixers defeated the then-defending NBA Champion Celtics in another preseason opener.
Celtics fans are hoping more New England teams play preseason games in western Massachusetts. Ken Leblonde of Amherst said, “It’s something that doesn’t happen very often! It’s a fun thing to do on a Tuesday night. The game should be nice and fun even though it’s the first game of the year, but we’re excited to watch some basketball.”
The Celtics lost Tuesday’s game, 93 – 89, with the starters watching from the sidelines for most of the 2nd half.