Pritchard signs a contract extension and starts for the Celtics in the preseason

Oct 11, 2023

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Payton Pritchard scored 26 points in the Boston Celtics’ 114 to 106 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, their first preseason game together after agreeing to a four-year, $30 million deal extension.

For the Celtics, Pritchard had a 9 for 14 shooting percentage, including 6 for 11 on three-pointers, and four assists in 23 minutes.

Pritchard’s extension was initially reported by ESPN, and the Celtics guard confirmed after the game that he had signed the contract.

For Boston, Jaylen Brown had 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting, Kristaps Porzingis had 17 points, and Jayson Tatum had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Tyrese Maxey led the 76ers with a final-game total of 24 points and four assists. Tobias Harris contributed 13 points and seven rebounds, Patrick Beverley scored 12, Jaden Springer scored 14 points, and Jaden Springer added 14.

Joel Embiid, the current NBA MVP, and James Harden, who has been looking for a trade, did not play for Philadelphia.

105 Bucks to 102 Bulls

In the teams’ first preseason game, Marjon Beauchamp led Milwaukee with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the elder brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo, played 21 minutes for the Bucks while recording 14 points, five rebounds, and two blocks.

Within 12 minutes, the Bucks’ Malik Beasley and Brook Lopez combined for 13 points and 11 points.

Coby White led the Bulls with 14 points, six rebounds, and six assists while playing a game-high 23 minutes. For the Bulls, who employed all 20 of their available players, Patrick Williams scored 13 points.

130 Suns, 126 Pistons, and 0 Time

Phoenix lost a 20-point lead going into the fourth quarter but triumphed in overtime, allowing Detroit coach Monty Williams’ new squad to lose to his old one.

The Pistons outscored the Suns 38-18 in the fourth quarter to level the game at 122 and force overtime. Ausar Thompson, the fifth overall pick in this year’s lottery, made a 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in regulation.

Phoenix surged out to a quick 46 to 29 lead thanks to 10 of Kevin Durant’s 12 points in the first quarter.

The Suns’ leading scorer with 18 points was Grayson Allen, who hit three 3-pointers. Devin Booker scored 12 points in 15 minutes, compared to Chimezie Metu’s 14 points. Yuta Watanabe had 10 points, Bradley Beal, and Saben Lee each added 11, and Yuta Watanabe added 11.

With 25 points, Marvin Bagley III gave Detroit the lead. Twelve points, ten rebounds, and six assists were scored by Thompson. Cade Cunningham added 12 points and six assists, and Jaden Ivey totaled 15.

After last season, the Suns dismissed Williams. A six-year deal with the Pistons was accepted by him.


The final five points of the extra period were scored by Jake LaRavia to lift Memphis over Indiana at home.

With 1:13 remaining in the extra frame, LaRavia—who finished with 15 points—hit a jumper to give the Grizzlies a 124 to 122 advantage. For the final 5.1 seconds, he added a three-point play to seal the victory. 

With 19 points, Jarace Walker, the ninth overall pick this year who was obtained in a deal with the Wizards, led Indiana. He made a four-point play to start the extra session. The Pacers led 59 to 56 at the half after Bennedict Mathurin scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the opening period. 


In Vancouver, British Columbia, Gary Trent Jr. scored 22 points to help Toronto defeat Sacramento.

For the Raptors, Trent hit seven out of twelve shots, including three three-pointers. In 18 minutes, Scottie Barnes contributed 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. O.G. Anunoby scored 14 points, Chris Boucher added 11, and Jalen McDaniels added 11 points each. In 14 minutes, Gradey Dick, selected 13rd overall in this year’s draft, finished with five points, three rebounds, and two steals.


In Honolulu, Kris Dunn scored 15 points to lead Utah past Los Angeles after making all seven of his attempts, including a 3-pointer.

The Jazz outscored the Clippers 26 to 16 in the third quarter to erase a seven-point deficit at halftime and take the lead at 69 to 66 behind 13 points and six boards from Talen Horton-Tucker.

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