Celtics Roll Past Knicks

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BOS­TON (Dis­patches) - Kyrie Irv­ing scored 22 points be­fore leav­ing the game in the fi­nal min­utes nurs­ing his right shoul­der, Al Hor­ford had 19 points and 12 re­bounds, and the Bos­ton Celtics coasted past the New York Knicks 128-100 on Thurs­day night.

Jaylen Brown re­turned af­ter miss­ing three games with a bruised lower back and scored a sea­son-high 21 points.

Jayson Ta­tum added 17 for Bos­ton, which won its fourth straight game and ex­acted a bit of re­venge for a Nov. 21 loss to the Knicks.

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.

The Celtics scored the first three bas­kets of the game and never trailed.

They led by eight af­ter one, by 11 af­ter two and by 15 points af­ter scor­ing eight straight to make it 97-82 near the end of the third quar­ter.

Irv­ing started rub­bing his right shoul­der and swing­ing it around while gri­mac­ing in pain with about four min­utes left in the game.

He raised his hand for Coach Brad Stevens to take him out of the game but couldn’t get his at­ten­tion.

He 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.

Aron Baynes limped off in the last two min­utes of the first quar­ter. The team said he had a left an­kle in­jury and he did not re­turn. Mean­while Der­rick Fa­vors recorded a dou­ble-dou­ble off the bench, and Joe In­gles helped shoul­der the early load on of­fense as the Utah Jazz con­tin­ued their strong play with a 118-91 de­mo­li­tion of the Hous­ton Rock­ets on Thurs­day in Salt Lake City.

Fa­vors fin­ished with 24 points and 10 re­bounds in just 25 min­utes while In­gles to­taled 18 points on 6-of-9 shoot­ing. Utah has won five of its past seven games while Hous­ton has dropped six of its past eight.

The Jazz lost start­ing cen­ter Rudy Gobert to an ejec­tion at the 9:13 mark of the first quar­ter and re­ceived only six points from Dono­van Mitchell yet coasted to vic­tory against the list­less Rock­ets, lead­ing by as many as 37 points.

James Har­den paced the Rock­ets with 15 points but shot 5 of 16 from the floor and recorded seven turnovers. Chris Paul had five turnovers and five as­sists to go along with his 12 points, and Clint Capela added 12 points and 10 re­bounds for the Rock­ets.

Trail Blaz­ers 108, Suns 86

Damian Lillard scored 25 points and dished out eight as­sists de­spite sit­ting out the en­tire fourth quar­ter as Port­land rolled past vis­it­ing Phoenix.

Jake Lay­man came off the bench to score a ca­reer-high 24 points on 10-for-13 shoot­ing and grab seven re­bounds for the Trail Blaz­ers, who snapped a three-game los­ing streak.

Troy Daniels scored 15 points for Phoenix, which has lost seven in a row. Josh Jack­son had 14 points, and Dean­dre Ay­ton added 11 points and eight boards for the Suns.

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