Celtics rally, top Suns in OT

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

PHOENIX (AP) — 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 on Thurs­day night.

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 onto a 15-point lead to be­gin the fi­nal pe­riod.

The Celtics ended a two-game skid, while the Suns have lost nine of 10.

Bos­ton re­cov­ered from an ice cold start and won de­spite shoot­ing 40.2 per cent from the field. The Celtics trailed by dou­ble dig­its for much of the sec­ond half.

Suns rookie De­an­dre Ay­ton had 14 points and 10 re­bounds. Celtics coach Brad Stevens called Ay­ton a “spe­cial ta­lent” when asked about the rookie. “He brings ev­ery­thing to the ta­ble you would think a re­ally good player at that po­si­tion brings,” Stevens said.

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