Irv­ing works over­time as Celtics es­cape Suns

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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.

Pic­ture: AFP

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 39 points for Bos­ton

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