NBA IN BRIEF Irv­ing leads Celtics past Knicks

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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.

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.

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