Irv­ing glad to get one back on Knicks

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BOS­TON Kyrie Irv­ing heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favourites to win the Eastern Con­fer­ence, still had a .500 record through Thanks­giv­ing.

The low point may have been a home loss to the Knicks that snapped New York’s six-game los­ing streak.

“I was think­ing about it since we lost to them,” the Celtics point guard said af­ter scor­ing 22 points to coast past the Knicks 128100 on Thurs­day night and ex­act a mea­sure of re­venge for the em­bar­rass­ing ear­lier loss. “I re­mem­ber play­ers from other teams ask­ing about what’s go­ing on when we were 10-10.”

Irv­ing also had eight as­sists be­fore leav­ing the game with about four min­utes left, rub­bing his right shoul­der and swing­ing it around in pain. He raised his hand for coach Brad Stevens to take him out of the game but couldn’t get his at­ten­tion and in­stead walked to the bench at the next whis­tle.

The shoul­der was wrapped in ice when he walked off the court at the end of the game. Irv­ing thought it was his AC joint and said he would be OK.

“I think he got hit,” Stevens said. “He didn’t seem too con­cerned about it, but he’s go­ing to get looked over, as usual.”

Al Hor­ford had 19 points and 12 re­bounds for Bos­ton, and Jaylen Brown re­turned af­ter miss­ing three games with a bruised lower back and scored a sea­son-high 21 points. Jayson Tatum added 17 for the Celtics, who won their fourth straight game.

Tim Har­d­away Jr. scored 22 for New York, which has lost four of its last five games. Enes Kan­ter had 14 points and 11 re­bounds, and Noah Von­leh had 12 and 10.

“Not go­ing to win in this league giv­ing up 30 points per quar­ter,” Har­d­away said. “Need to do a bet­ter job as a team and in­di­vid­u­ally, in­clud­ing my­self.”

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