IRVING LEADS CELTICS PAST KNICKS
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 Celtics coasted past the New York Knicks 128-100 in Boston 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.
Lakers: Brandon Ingram is staying home from the Lakers’ upcoming twogame road trip due to his sprained left ankle. He was set to have a precautionary MRI Thursday night. Ingram injured his ankle early in the Lakers’ Wednesday night win over San Antonio when Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge flagrantly fouled him. Cavaliers: Center Tristan Thompson has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an “inappropriate gesture” to a spectator. Thompson’s action came at the end of the Cavaliers’ 99-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at the Barclays Center.