War­riors look­ing for­ward to road trip, be­gin­ning against red­hot Celtics.

Irv­ing scores 25 in re­turn with War­riors up next; Spurs roll

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Kyrie Irv­ing re­turned to the lineup and scored 25 points while wear­ing a mask, and the Bos­ton Celtics beat the Brook­lyn Nets 109-102 on Tues­day night for their 13th straight vic­tory.

The Celtics re­mained un­beaten since an 0-2 start head­ing into their show­down Thurs­day in Bos­ton against the NBA cham­pion Golden State War­riors.

“It’s def­i­nitely an in­cred­i­ble streak we’re on, and now comes the whole me­dia frenzy of will the streak end, and what’s go­ing to hap­pen on Thurs­day and the Golden State War­riors com­ing to Bos­ton,” Irv­ing said. “So I’m look­ing for­ward to all that hoopla.”

Mar­cus Mor­ris added 21 points and 10 re­bounds, and Jayson Ta­tum scored 19 points for the Celtics.

Irv­ing missed one game with a mi­nor fa­cial frac­ture af­ter he was hit by team­mate Aron Baynes on Fri­day. He fid­dled with the mask fre­quently, but it didn’t seem to af­fect his play much. He made a jumper with 3:40 left af­ter the Nets had closed within four points and drove for an­other bas­ket about 35 sec­onds later.

Bos­ton then fi­nally put it away with Jaylen Brown’s al­ley-oop feed to Ta­tum be­fore Irv­ing hit two free throws to make it 106-96.

Joe Har­ris scored 19 points for the Nets, who are with­out lead­ing scorer D’An­gelo Rus­sell be­cause of a bruised left knee.

Irv­ing scored 41 points in a loss at New York on Dec. 15, 2012, while with Cleve­land when he had to wear a mask.

SPURS 97, MAVERICKS 91 >> LaMar­cus Aldridge scored a sea­son-high 32 points as San An­to­nio beat Dal­las. Gregg Popovich be­came the fastest NBA coach to 500 road wins. He got there in 835 away games, 41 fewer than Pat Ri­ley. Rookie Den­nis Smith Jr. led Dal­las with a sea­son-high 27 points. RAPTORS 129, ROCKETS 113 >> DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, and Toronto built a big lead in the first half and held on. James Har­den had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets, who had a six-game win­ning streak snapped.

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