Kyrie leads Bos­ton over NY

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BOS­TON – Kyrie Irv­ing heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the fa­vorites 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 128-100 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.


In Salt Lake City, Der­rick Fa­vors had 24 points and 10 re­bounds off the bench to help the Utah Jazz over­come Rudy Gobert’s quick ejec­tion and coast to a 118-91 vic­tory over the Hous­ton Rock­ets on Thurs­day night.

Joe In­gles added 18 points and six re­bounds for the Jazz. Utah (13-13) won for the fourth time in five games to climb back to .500.

James Har­den scored 15 points while Chris Paul and Clint Capela added 12 apiece for the Rock­ets. Hous­ton (11-13) al­lowed an op­po­nent to pull away in the sec­ond half for a sec­ond straight game af­ter com­mit­ting a sea­son-high 22 turnovers and giv­ing up a sea­son-high 33 points off those turnovers.


In Port­land, Damian Lillard had 25 points and eight as­sists be­fore sit­ting for the fi­nal quar­ter and the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers snapped a three­game los­ing streak with a 108-86 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Thurs­day night.

Jake Lay­man came off the bench to score a ca­reer-high 24 points for the Blaz­ers, who had lost six of their last seven games. Port­land led by as many as 31 points.

Troy Daniels had a sea­son-high 15 points for the strug­gling Suns, who were held to nine points in the first quar­ter for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game and have lost seven straight. Phoenix has just four vic­to­ries this sea­son, and just one on the road.

RE­SULTS Bos­ton 128, New York 100 Port­land 108, Phoenix 86 Utah 118, Hous­ton 91

TOO TIGHT: New York Knicks guard Tim Har­d­away Jr. (left) looks for room to move against the de­fense of Bos­ton Celtics guard Kyrie Irv­ing (11) and cen­ter Al Hor­ford (42) dur­ing their NBA game Thurs­day in Bos­ton. The Celtics won, 128-100.

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