Irving hurt, Celtics win
BOSTON overcame an injury to Kyrie Irving to beat Charlotte 90-87 yesterday for its 11th straight victory.
Irving was out in the first minute after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face from Australian teammate Aron Baynes, who was landing after a rebound attempt.
He was bleeding from the nose as he was escorted back to the Celtics’ locker room before being ruled out of the game as he was monitored for possible concussion symptoms.
Baynes (four points, seven rebounds) and his teammates stepped up after Boston trailed by 15 points at the first change.
In San Antonio, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 12 rebounds as Milwaukee snapped a four-game skid with a 94-87 win over the Spurs in Eric Bledsoe’s Bucks debut.
Aussie Matthew Dellavedova shot nine points and played 20 minutes, while Patty Mills made 14 points for the Spurs.