01/21 19:35 CST Irving's 26 points, 10 assists carries Celtics past Heat
Irving's 26 points, 10 assists carries Celtics past Heat
By KEN POWTAK
BOSTON (AP) --- Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 16
points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 107-99 Monday
night for their fourth straight victory.
Irving has had 20 or more points and 10 or more assists in 11 games, the first
Celtics' player to accomplish the feat since Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who also
had 11 in 1986-87.
Jayson Tatum added 19 points and Marcus Morris 17 for the Celtics, who won
their ninth straight at home and improved to 18-5 at TD Garden.
Derrick Jones Jr. and Dion Waiters led the Heat with 18 points apiece.
Boston led by 19 points entering the final quarter, before Miami rallied and
closed within 99-94 with 4 minutes to play.
Irving then hit three spinning, driving baskets in the paint on the Celtics'
next three possessions to seal the win.
The building was somewhat quiet for most of the game, until the Celtics broke
it open in the third quarter.
Boston shot a torrid 72.7 percent (16 of 22) in the third, outscoring the Heat
The teams were tied at the half before Boston opened the third with a 9-0 run
over a 1:39 stretch.
Following a 3-pointer by Miami's Tyler Johnson, the Celtics took charge by
scoring 11 of the next 14 points, pushing their lead to 70-56. Tatum and
Horford each had a pair of buckets before Morris closed it with a three-point
The Celtics used a late 12-3 run to move in front 87-68 after three periods.
Heat: It was coach Erik Spoelstra's 849th game, tying him with Pat Reilly for
most in franchise history. . G Dwayne Wade, mainly seen as a rival player to
Boston fans, got a nice ovation from the crowd when he checked in midway into
the opening quarter.
Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens earned his 250th win with the team. . It was the
first of three straight home games, culminating with defending champion Golden
State in a nationally-televised matchup Saturday night. . C Robert Williams,
the team's top draft pick last spring, was inactive. Stevens said they're
considering sending him to the G-League for playing time.
Stevens praised another local professional sports team, discussing the
Patriots' victory in the AFC title game Sunday.
"It was amazing. I think being in this and knowing how hard it is to win a
single game, I was telling my son you're living the 60's Celtics, the 60's and
70's UCLA," he said. "That's the kind of thing we're talking about with what
the Patriots have accomplished."
Irving addressed the crowd about the late Martin Luther King Jr. just before
"Tonight, we celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King,
a man who truly embodies what it means to be a leader, a visionary and a
dreamer," he said. "But I think what we most remember him for is for his stance
and his action. He fought for justice, equality and, most importantly, peace
for all. So, on behalf of the Celtics organization with everybody here, we
honor Dr. Martin Luther King today."
Heat: Host the Clippers on Wednesday.
Celtics: Host the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
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