Irv­ing helps Celtics ex­tend roll to 13

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK (TNS) — The Brook­lyn Nets were done in Tues­day night by The Man Be­hind The Mask.

Kyrie Irv­ing, wear­ing a mask to pro­tect a small frac­ture be­neath his right eye, scored seven points and made a key steal in the fi­nal four min­utes as the Bos­ton Celtics held off the Nets, 109-102, be­fore a Bar­clays Cen­ter crowd that was sur­pris­ingly Bos­ton-fla­vored. It was the Celtics’ 13th con­sec­u­tive win.

The Nets played Bos­ton tough and were within 95-91 when Allen Crabbe made a 3-pointer with 4:04 to play. Irv­ing an­swered with bas­kets on con­sec­u­tive Bos­ton pos­ses­sions. He made a key steal af­ter the Nets’ Trevor Booker got an of­fen­sive re­bound in a six-point game with one minute to play, and it ended up in a Jayson Ta­tum dunk on the other end. Irv­ing also made 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch.

The Nets (5-9) have lost seven of nine.

Joe Har­ris had 19 points, Ron­dae Hol­lis-Jef­fer­son had 16 points and nine re­bounds, and Caris LeVert and Crabbe each scored 15 for the Nets. Spencer Din­wid­die, start­ing at point guard be­cause D’An­gelo Rus­sell is out with a knee con­tu­sion, had 12 points and 11 as­sists.

Irv­ing’s mask may have had some­thing to do with his shoot­ing 8 for 20, but he had 25 points and five as­sists. Mar­cus Morris had 21 points and 10 re­bounds, Ta­tum had 19 points and Al Hor­ford had 17 points and 11 re­bounds for the Celtics (13-2).

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