More Irving second-half dominance saves Celtics' win streak

The Celtics edged out a 110-107 road victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday to increase their league-best winning-streak to nine straight, in large part due to Kyrie Irving enjoying his best game to date as a Celtic. Irving posted 35 points on 14/22 shooting with seven assists, and displayed more of his characteristic clutch play as he buried a contested three within the final two minutes and hit a pretty floater that put the Celtics up four with 20 seconds to go.

Irving totaled eight points in the final three minutes of the game, but he wasn't alone. Al Horford contributed with some crucial playmaking down the stretch, and rookie Jayson Tatum did this:

Irving has excelled from the field in Atlanta, scoring 43 and 45 points in his previous two games at Phillips Arena. The Celtics were very fortunate to have Irving continue that hot streak on Monday, otherwise we could have witnessed a very different result.

Irving had yet to score more than 25 points this season coming into the Hawks game, but Celtics fans were finally able to witness an Irving scoring outburst benefitting their team, rather than dissecting it's defense, as he did throughout last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

Fortunately, those days are over, and we now get the privilege of enjoying the beauty of Kyrie Irving highlights such as these:

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