Irv­ing sparks Celtics to OT win

China Daily - - SPORTS -

When their shots fi­nally started to fall, the Bos­ton Celtics couldn’t be con­tained.

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 18 of his sea­son-high 39 points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time as Bos­ton ral­lied from a 22-point deficit for a 116-109 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thurs­day night in Phoenix.

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 feed 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 (7-4).

“Guys like Kyrie, he is go­ing to have all the fo­cus on him,” Mor­ris said. “I worked on my 3-point­ers ex­ten­sively.”

Devin Booker paced the Suns (2-9) with a sea­son-high 38 points while TJ War­ren had 29.

The Celtics ended a twogame skid, while the Suns have lost nine of 10.

Booker scored 12 points in the fourth quar­ter and seven in OT, but Phoenix couldn’t hold onto a 16-point lead with 6:13 to play in reg­u­la­tion.

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