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Jeff Saturday's hiring by the Indianapolis Colts shook up the NFL and its fraternity of coaches. Saturday replaced Frank Reich despite a lack of college or pro coaching experience much to the chagrin of many former players and coaches including Bill Cowher and Joe Thomas. They took to the airwaves to blast Jim Irsay's hire of his former star center despite the weakest of resumes. But Saturday won his coaching debut against the Raiders and now it's Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels and Broncos coach Nathanial Hackett who are facing questions about their job security after awful starts in 2022.

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Jayson Tatum had eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 49 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the hot-shooting Miami Heat for a 134-121 victory. It was the All-Star’s third 40-point game this season as he continues to pace the league’s top-rated offense and make an early case for MVP consideration in his sixth NBA season. Boston has won five straight and 14 of its last 15. Jaylen Brown finished with 26 points following a one-game absence due to neck stiffness. Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points, connecting on five of Boston’s 22 3-pointers in the game. Max Strus finished with five 3-pointers and 23 points for Miami. Bam Adebayo also added 23 points before being ejected. Miami, which shot 52% overall, was 18 of 40 from beyond the arc.

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Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 36 points and the Boston Celtics held off the Washington Wizards 130-121. Malcolm Brogdon added 17 points and Derrick White finished with 15 for the Celtics, who have won three straight and 12 of their last 13. It is also Boston’s second win this season over Washington, which has lost its last three. Celtics star Jayson Tatum missed his first game this season with a sprained left ankle.  But his absence didn’t slow down the offense, as Boston jumped out to 17-point halftime edge and grew its lead as high as 26 in the third quarter. Bradley Beal led Washington with 30 points.

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Jayson Tatum had 37 points and 13 rebounds and Jaylen Brown scored 31 points to help the NBA-best Boston Celtics bounce back from a rare loss and beat the Dallas Mavericks 125-112. The Celtics have a league-leading 14 wins. They had won nine straight before losing to the Bulls on Monday. Luka Doncic scored 42 points for the Mavericks. They had beaten Boston four straight times. Three of the wins came on a 3-pointer in the final seconds, and two of those were with no time at all on the clock.

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DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points, Zach LaVine added 22 and the Chicago Bulls stopped Boston’s nine-game win streak, beating the Celtics 121-107. Patrick Williams scored a season-high 17, and the Bulls made it look rather easy against the team with the NBA’s best record. They led by 13 at halftime, got it up to 21 in the third quarter and withstood a push to come away with the win after dropping four straight and five of six. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 28 points. Jaylen Brown scored 25 and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 23 points, nailing 5 of 6 3-pointers.

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Jaylen Brown scored 22 points to lead a balanced Boston attack and the East-leading Celtics stretched their winning streak to eight with a 126-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. The Celtics were missing injured guards Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon. It hardly mattered. There were plenty of players to fill the void against the Hawks, who were coming off a big win at Milwaukee and eager to show they could challenge the best in the conference. Not on this night. Boston took control in the irst quarter against the cold-shooting Hawks, whose occasional spurts were quickly snuffed out by the Celtics’ stifling defense. Trae Young led the Hawks with 27 points

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The Boston Bruins extended their NHL-record streak of home victories to open a season to 13 games by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1, behind goals by Taylor Hall. Backup goalie Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter for the Bruins. Steven Stamkos had a power-play goal, raising his career point total to 999, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 23 shots for Tampa Bay. The Lightning had won six of their last seven games.

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The Boston Bruins set the NHL record for most home victories to start a season with their 12th straight, topping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime with a power-play goal from David Pastrnak. The Bruins broke the mark of 11 that was set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and equaled by the Florida Panthers last season. Boston trailed 2-0 late in the second period and tied it with 9:33 left in regulation when David Krejci scored his second of the game on a shot from the right point. Pyotr Kochetkov and Stefan Noesen each scored a power-play goal for Carolina.

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Patrice Bergeron got his 1,000th career point with a second-period assist and the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 for their seventh straight win. Bergeron became the fourth Boston player and 94th in NHL history to reach the milestone with the second assist on Brad Marchand’s goal at 15:08 that gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead. David Krejci, Nick Foligno, Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak also scored for the Bruins. Boston needs two wins to match the 1929-30 Bruins squad that started the season a franchise-best 19-2. Tampa Bay's Nick Paul had two goals.

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David Krejci scored twice in the third period and the surging Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Thursday night. Tomas Nosek scored for the second straight game and Jake DeBrusk also had a goal to help the Bruins win their fifth straight and improve to 10-0 at home. Linus Ullmark stopped 22 shots for his 12th victory in 12 starts. Owen Tippett scored on a power-play for Philadelphia, and Carter Hart made 28 saves. The Flyers have dropped five straight. Tippett cut it to 2-1 midway through the third, but Krejci countered 16 seconds later.

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Patrice Bergeron scored his third goal in two days and the Boston Bruins set a team record with their ninth straight home win to start the season,  beating the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. The Bruins bettered their 8-0 start at home in 1983-84 in the old Boston Garden. Brad Marchand got his fifth goal in just eight games this season, Connor Clifton and Pavel Zacha also scored and Tomas Nosek added an empty-net goal for Boston. The Bruins have won four in a row overall and 11 of 12, and are 14-2-0. Hampus Lindholm had three assists and David Pastrnak had a pair of assists for Boston. J.T. Miller scored his second goal in as many games and Sheldon Dries also scored for Vancouver, which lost its third straight.

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