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Goodbye opens in hometown

STUFFED: Center Jared Sullinger swats away a shot by Heat forward Josh McRoberts during the second quarter of Boston’s 105-95 victory, which snaps the Celtics’ three-game road losing streak.

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STUFFED: Center Jared Sullinger swats away a shot by Heat forward Josh McRoberts during the second quarter of Boston’s 105-95 victory, which snaps the Celtics’ three-game road losing streak.

PHILADELPHIA — Kobe Bryant's farewell tour begins in the city that loves and hates him.

Bryant will play his first road game since announcing he'll retire after this season in his hometown tonight against the 0-18 76ers.

The five-time NBA champion's relationship with Philly fans has been turbulent throughout his 20-year career in Los Angeles. Some love him. Some hate him. Nearly everyone respects his talent.

With the 76ers, Eagles and Flyers all struggling, Bryant's return was a hot topic on sports radio Monday.

"I always enjoyed watching Kobe play and consider him one of the greatest ever, but he didn't want to play for the Sixers so I held that against him," longtime area sports fan John Passero said. "But if the Sixers couldn't win it all, I rooted for Kobe."

Bryant should get a rousing ovation in an arena where he has heard mostly boos over the past two decades.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Avery Bradley had 25 points to lead six players in double figures for the Celtics, who topped the Heat 105-95 to snap a three-game road skid. … Paul Millsap scored 26 and Jeff Teague hit several big shots late, sending the host Hawks to a 106-100 victory that snapped the Thunder's four-game winning streak. … Pau Gasol had 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, and the host Bulls snapped the Spurs' five-game winning streak 92-89.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: 76ers center Jahlil Okafor was cited in New Jersey on Oct. 19 for driving at "an excessive rate of speed" and reckless driving on a major area bridge, the Delaware River Port Authority confirmed. … Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio should return from a two-game absence tonight against the Magic, coach Sam Mitchell said. … Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy is planning to see two specialists this week after a setback in his recovery from offseason back surgery. … Hornets center Al Jefferson will miss about 2-3 weeks with a strained left calf.

Celtics 105, Heat 95

BOSTON (105): Crowder 4-8 4-4 13, A.Johnson 5-9 1-2 13, Sullinger 7-10 2-3 17, Thomas 5-17 5-6 16, Bradley 9-15 4-4 25, Turner 5-11 3-4 13, Jerebko 0-2 0-0 0, Lee 2-4 0-0 4, Olynyk 1-4 2-2 4, Rozier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-80 21-25 105.

MIAMI (95): Green 3-8 2-2 9, Bosh 8-17 3-3 21, Whiteside 2-4 2-4 6, Dragic 4-10 1-4 9, Wade 12-24 6-6 30, McRoberts 2-3 2-2 6, Winslow 1-4 2-3 4, T.Johnson 4-5 0-0 10. Totals 36-75 18-24 95.

Boston 32 25 24 24— 105

Miami 23 28 24 20— 95

3-Point GoalsBoston 8-20 (Bradley 3-6, A.Johnson 2-2, Sullinger 1-2, Crowder 1-2, Thomas 1-5, Turner 0-1, Olynyk 0-2), Miami 5-17 (T.Johnson 2-2, Bosh 2-5, Green 1-6, Wade 0-1, Dragic 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 47 (A.Johnson 10), Miami 44 (Bosh 10). AssistsBoston 23 (Thomas 9), Miami 21 (Bosh 5). Total FoulsBoston 21, Miami 19. TechnicalsMiami defensive three second. A19,600 (19,600).

Pistons 116, Rockets 105

HOUSTON (105): Ariza 1-9 0-0 2, Capela 5-11 1-2 11, Howard 4-7 0-0 8, Beverley 4-12 0-0 10, Harden 6-15 15-17 29, Jones 1-5 1-2 3, Lawson 4-8 0-0 11, Brewer 3-6 3-3 9, Thornton 5-13 4-4 18, Harrell 2-2 0-0 4, McDaniels 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-88 24-28 105.

DETROIT (116): Morris 5-11 2-3 12, Ilyasova 5-11 2-2 13, Drummond 10-15 4-18 24, Jackson 11-18 6-8 31, Caldwell-Pope 2-8 0-0 4, Baynes 5-8 1-2 11, Johnson 6-11 3-4 19, Tolliver 1-2 0-0 2, Blake 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 45-85 18-37 116.

Houston 21 20 32 32— 105

Detroit 29 35 20 32— 116

3-Point GoalsHouston 11-27 (Thornton 4-8, Lawson 3-3, Harden 2-4, Beverley 2-5, Brewer 0-1, Jones 0-2, Ariza 0-4), Detroit 8-23 (Johnson 4-5, Jackson 3-4, Ilyasova 1-4, Blake 0-1, Tolliver 0-1, Caldwell-Pope 0-3, Morris 0-5). Fouled OutBeverley. ReboundsHouston 53 (Howard 10), Detroit 63 (Drummond 13). AssistsHouston 19 (Harden 7), Detroit 22 (Jackson 8). Total FoulsHouston 27, Detroit 19.. A14,818.

Bulls 92, Spurs 89

SAN ANTONIO (89): Leonard 9-21 7-9 25, Aldridge 10-18 1-3 21, Duncan 3-7 0-0 6, Parker 6-12 1-2 13, Green 3-10 2-2 9, Ginobili 1-4 2-2 4, Diaw 2-5 0-0 5, Mills 2-8 0-0 4, West 1-5 0-0 2, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-90 13-18 89.

CHICAGO (92): Snell 4-5 0-0 11, Mirotic 3-8 0-0 8, Gasol 6-18 6-8 18, Rose 5-17 1-2 11, J.Butler 5-9 4-4 14, McDermott 5-12 1-1 12, Noah 4-6 0-2 8, Gibson 2-5 0-0 4, Moore 3-6 0-3 6. Totals 37-86 12-20 92.

San Antonio 23 25 25 16— 89

Chicago 17 32 21 22— 92

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 2-14 (Diaw 1-2, Green 1-5, Parker 0-1, Ginobili 0-1, Mills 0-2, Leonard 0-3), Chicago 6-16 (Snell 3-3, Mirotic 2-5, McDermott 1-2, Rose 0-2, Moore 0-2, J.Butler 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 54 (Duncan, Aldridge 12), Chicago 61 (Gasol 13). AssistsSan Antonio 20 (Parker 9), Chicago 25 (Noah 7). Total FoulsSan Antonio 17, Chicago 21. A21,909 (20,917).

Hawks 106, Thunder 100

OKLAHOMA CITY (100): Durant 9-18 5-5 25, Ibaka 8-15 1-1 17, Adams 0-1 0-2 0, Westbrook 11-24 11-11 34, Roberson 2-4 0-0 5, Waiters 0-7 1-2 1, Kanter 3-7 0-0 6, Collison 1-3 0-0 2, Augustin 0-2 0-0 0, Morrow 3-12 1-1 10. Totals 37-93 19-22 100.

ATLANTA (106): Sefolosha 0-5 0-0 0, Millsap 8-19 9-10 26, Horford 8-15 3-3 21, Teague 10-17 3-3 25, Korver 4-13 0-0 11, Muscala 3-5 0-0 6, Bazemore 3-8 0-0 7, Schroder 2-6 0-0 5, Patterson 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 1-2 3-4 5. Totals 39-90 18-20 106.

Oklahoma City 21 31 22 26— 100

Atlanta 31 22 26 27— 106

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 7-19 (Morrow 3-6, Durant 2-4, Roberson 1-2, Westbrook 1-5, Waiters 0-1, Augustin 0-1), Atlanta 10-28 (Korver 3-9, Horford 2-3, Teague 2-4, Millsap 1-2, Bazemore 1-3, Schroder 1-3, Scott 0-1, Muscala 0-1, Sefolosha 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 56 (Westbrook 11), Atlanta 56 (Horford 13). AssistsOklahoma City 19 (Westbrook 7), Atlanta 23 (Sefolosha 6). Total FoulsOklahoma City 19, Atlanta 15. TechnicalsRoberson, Atlanta defensive three second. A17,768 (18,729).

Bucks 92, Nuggets 74

DENVER (74): Gallinari 3-8 5-5 13, Faried 5-9 1-1 11, Jokic 4-7 0-2 8, Mudiay 3-11 3-4 10, Foye 1-7 2-2 5, Lauvergne 3-9 1-2 7, Arthur 2-5 0-0 4, Nelson 3-7 0-0 6, Barton 4-8 0-0 10, Papanikolaou 0-4 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-75 12-16 74.

MILWAUKEE (92): Middleton 3-9 1-1 10, Antetokounmpo 3-10 3-4 9, Monroe 8-11 2-2 18, Bayless 2-6 2-2 7, Mayo 3-8 1-1 9, Parker 6-13 4-4 16, Carter-Williams 5-9 2-2 12, Henson 4-7 0-4 8, Vaughn 0-2 0-0 0, Ennis 0-1 1-2 1, Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0, O'Bryant 1-1 0-0 2, Copeland 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-77 16-22 92.

Denver 23 21 16 14— 74

Milwaukee 28 18 21 25— 92

3-Point GoalsDenver 6-19 (Barton 2-2, Gallinari 2-4, Foye 1-3, Mudiay 1-5, Papanikolaou 0-1, Jokic 0-1, Nelson 0-3), Milwaukee 6-18 (Middleton 3-5, Mayo 2-5, Bayless 1-4, Vaughn 0-2, Antetokounmpo 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 54 (Foye, Faried 7), Milwaukee 45 (Henson 7). AssistsDenver 19 (Mudiay, Nelson 4), Milwaukee 25 (Carter-Williams 9). Total FoulsDenver 20, Milwaukee 19. TechnicalsDenver defensive three second, Milwaukee defensive three second. A10,187 (18,717).

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