Celtics’ Jaylen Brown played ‘inspired’ after death of best friend

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BOSTON — Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown helped his team to its 14th consecutive win Thursday night, just hours after learning his best friend had died in Atlanta.

Brown scored a team-high 22 points and twice helped Boston rally from double-digit deficits during a 92-88 triumph over the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden.

Make it 14: Celtics keep win streak alive against defending champs

In a battle of conference leaders, the Celtics overcame the Warriors and the cold-shooting Splash Brothers behind Jaylen Brown’s 22 points to extend their win streak to 14.

Brown said he wasn’t certain he’d play Thursday and even told Celtics coach Brad Stevens he didn’t think he could play so soon after the death of childhood friend Trevin Steede.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

Brown said a phone call from Steede’s mother convinced him to play in his friend’s memory.

“My best friend passed last night. It was tough to kind of accept it,” Brown said. “Everybody was kind of in shock. But I

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