Irving works overtime as Celtics escape Suns
KYRIE Irving scored 18 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Boston Celtics rallied from a 22-point deficit for a 116-109 win over the Phoenix Suns yesterday.
Irving scored Boston’s first six points in the extra period, and Marcus Morris finished with 17 against his former team – including the tying 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation off a pass from Irving.
Morris hit from the top of the arc to tie it at 100. Jaylen Brown added 17 points, all after halftime, for the Celtics.
Devin Booker paced the Suns (2-9) with a season-high 38 points, and T J Warren had 29.
Booker scored 12 points in the fourth quarter but Phoenix couldn’t hold on to a 15-point lead to begin the final period.
The Celtics ended a twogame skid, while the Suns have lost nine of 10.
Boston recovered from an ice cold start and won despite shooting 40.2 percent from the field. The Celtics trailed by double digits for much of the second half until a furious late rally.
Suns rookie Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Irving hit a 3 with 35.1 seconds to go in the fourth, then his steal led to Brown’s layup that cut the Suns’ lead to 98-97 with 7.3 seconds to play.
Warren hit two free throws, then Morris took a pass from a double-teamed Irving for the tying three. Warren, starting for the first time since October 31, scored 14 first-quarter points as the Suns took advantage of the Celtics’ shooting woes. Phoenix led 32-13 after 12 minutes.
The Celtics trailed 55-35 at the break.
Consecutive baskets by Booker put the Suns in front 75-58 in the third quarter.
Irving was the only Celtics starter to make a field goal in the first half. Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Brown were a combined 0 for 15.
Kyrie Irving scored 39 points for Boston