OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Once Kyrie Irving got it going, not even Oklahoma City’s star-studded roster could withstand the surge.
Irving scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half and the Boston Celtics rallied from 18 down to beat the Thunder 101-94 on Friday night for their seventh straight victory.
”We battled,” Irving said. ”We took away some things they were feeling comfortable with in the first half, picked up our pace and our defensive pressure and things started going our way, and then we just kept battling to the end.”
Al Horford scored 17 of his 20 points after halftime and Jaylen Brown added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics. Boston has allowed 94 or fewer points in every game during its winning streak.
Paul George had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 11 assists for the Thunder. Carmelo Anthony had 10 points and 14 rebounds but shot just 3 of 17.
”The first half, we played extremely well defensively,” Anthony said. ”The Celtics kept fighting. They stuck with it. I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit. We didn’t put a full game together tonight. It showed that it was just a tale of two halves. One great half and one not-so-great half.”
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/irving-s-big-2nd-half-leads-celtics-past-thunder-101-94-110417
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