Irv­ing hurt, Celtics win

Sunday Herald Sun - - SPORT -

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.

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