Irving scores 24 as Celtics take down Heat 96-90

The Celtics improved their winning-streak to four straight when they visited American Airlines Area on Saturday night and came away with a 96-90 victory over the Miami Heat.

Sparked by a few impressive late-game runs, the Heat outscored Boston 27-22 in the fourth quarter, but Kyrie Irving (24 pts, 10-23 FG) laid Miami's hopes for a comeback to rest with 9 points in the final 2:02 of the game, including a dagger three-pointer with 57 seconds to go that increased the Celtics' lead to 7.

Rookie Jayson Tatum once again displayed his impressive poise as he scored 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting in 31 minutes of action and seemed remarkably comfortable in all facets of the game. Tatum, who was on the court to finish the game, had this to say on witnessing Irving's renowned abilities as a closer first-hand:

Marcus Smart (16 pts) and Daniel Theis (8 pts) provided valuable contributions of the bench in a well-rounded victory to finish off the Celtics' short 2-game road trip.

Marcus Morris, who could make his Celtics debut as early as Boston's next game, expressed his support for Irving and the Celtics via Twitter.

The Celtics now stand at 4-2 and will be back in Boston to face the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. The game is scheduled to be televised nationally on NBATV.

Photo credit: Michael Laughlin, Sun Sentinel
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