Irving leads Celtics past Raptors, 123-116
In a heavyweight matchup at the TD Garden Friday night, Kyrie Irving dropped 43 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Celtics to a 123-116 victory in overtime.
Kyrie was electric all night:
Kyrie is on another level tonight, folks. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/d0WN6EM50E— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 17, 2018
The C's shot 53 percent from the floor and won the rebounding edge 46-43.
Second-year stud Jayson Tatum contributed 21 points for the Celts including a number of key buckets in the fourth along with this throw down:
Tatum with authority! pic.twitter.com/rCkU3JsEjW— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 17, 2018
Gordon Hayward, who has had a rough going to start the season, added 15 points along with five rebounds, four steals and five assists to help secure the victory. Hayward hit two key free throws with 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime while adding a big bucket in the extra session:
Smooth turnaround J by Hayward in OT! pic.twitter.com/07Lh3ZwwAn— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 17, 2018
The Raptors were led by Kawhi Leonard who scored 31 points on 11-of-25 from the field, while grabbing 15 rebounds.
Boston improves to 9-6 on the season and looks to add another victory on Saturday against the visiting Utah Jazz.
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