Irv­ing leads Celtics past Knicks 128-100

Watchmen Daily Journal - - SPORTS - (Jimmy Golen, As­so­ci­ated Press)

BOS­TON — 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.

KYRIE'S SHOUL­DER

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

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host the Brook­lyn Nets on Satur­day

Celtics: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Satur­day.

(Staff photo by Christo­pher Evans/Bos­ton Her­ald)

Kyrie Irv­ing #11 of the Bos­ton Celtics shoots the ball over Noah Von­leh #32 of the New York Knicks dur­ing the se­cond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game at TD Gar­den in Bos­ton, Massachusetts on De­cem­ber 6, 2018.

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