celtics 96, pistons 85

Celtics get first win of season in home opener

Celtics captain Paul Pierce had 12 points in 22 minutes tonight.

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Paul Pierce returned to the court and the Celtics got their first victory of the year against the Detroit Pistons at the TD Garden.

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“Part of my happiness about how it’s going in the first week is we hoped it would go this well and that’s one of the reasons we’re back playing this soon.”

Wyc Grousbeck,  Celtics owner


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The familiar duck boot with leather uppers and rubber soles has become something of a fashion statement due to its newfound popularity on college campuses.

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Patriots have no peers in YAC

The Patriots lead the NFL in yards after catch with 2,483. With one game remaining, that is the highest YAC total for a season since the statistic was first tracked in 1992.


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Take in a film before the fireworks

If high-decibel parties, chilly strolls, or waiting around for the midnight hour to strike are not your idea of a memorable New Year’s Eve, there’s always the movies.