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Kyrie Irving scores 43, Celtics beat Raptors 123-116 in OT

BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving had 11 straight Boston points down the stretch and scored 17 in all in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter.

Then in overtime, he really turned it on.

The Celtics guard made or assisted on every basket in the extra period, finishing with 11 assists and a season-high 43 points on Friday night to lead Boston to a 123-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

''Man, he made some shots tonight where you're just like, `Wow,''' forward Gordon Hayward said. ''You catch yourself being a fan. When he gets into that mode, the whole arena knew where we were going, and so did the Raptors. They just couldn't stop him.''

It was the first time Irving has scored at least 40 points with 10 or more assists in a game. He was the first player do it in the NBA this year, and the first Celtics player since Antoine Walker in 2001.

''Kyrie did a great job in the fourth quarter knocking down shots,'' said Kawhi Leonard, who scored 31 points and had a season-high 15 rebounds for Toronto. ''We fought hard tonight, they played a better game and we've just got to keep playing better.''

Jayson Tatum had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who evened the season series at one game apiece against the only team to finish above them in the Eastern Conference last season. The home team has won nine straight matchups.

Serge Ibaka scored 21 and Pascal Siakam had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost three straight since opening the season with 12 victories in their first 13 games. Toronto never led in overtime.

''It was just a veteran game out there, just great competition for a Friday night in the NBA,'' Irving said. ''You've got to appreciate that, two great teams going at it. And I'm pretty sure we'll see them down the road.''

HEY, HEY!

Hayward scored 15 points and had five rebounds and five assists in a team-high 39 minutes - by far his biggest workload since the injury that knocked him out in the first quarter of the first game last season.

''I was wondering if they were going to take me out of the game,'' he said. ''Happy that he left me in. It felt good to play that many minutes. It's been such a long time. It was a good confidence-builder.''

Hayward hit a pair of free throws to open the overtime, Ibaka answered with a jumper and from there it was all Celtics. Hayward scored on a pass from Irving, then Irving rescued Tatum from a near-turnover and drove for the layup to give Boston a 113-109 lead.

The Raptors never got closer than three points after that.

''Not too often during the regular season we get to have games like this,'' Irving said. ''A great test for your team on both ends of the basketball floor, a great player in that other locker room, the competition and the level of play raises and you've just got to appreciate that.''

END OF REGULATION

Toronto led by eight early in the fourth quarter and still had a 107-103 lead with 90 seconds left. But Tatum dunked to cut the deficit to two points and Siakam was called for pushing while going for a rebound, sending Hayward to the line for the game-tying free throws.

Leonard had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but his long jumper went off the rim.

''The main thing is we're going to hold it until the very last shot so that nothing bad happens and they can't get a rebound and call a timeout,'' Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. ''It's just man on man and you hope your guy can make the basket and we have a lot of faith in him that he can.''

DUCK

Late in the third quarter, Kyle Lowry got Tatum in the air with a fake and then tried to duck under him as the Celtics forward came over the top. But Tatum wound up kicking him in the head as he came back down.

Lowry went to the floor but remained in the game and made both free throws to give Toronto a 78-68 lead their first double-digit advantage of the game.

TIP-INS

Irving surpassed the 10,000 point and the 2,500 assist milestones. ... After going 1-4 on a road trip, the Celtics have won two in a row at home. ... Toronto's OG Anunoby left the game in the third quarter with a sprained right wrist. ... The Raptors already beat Boston 113-101 on Oct. 19. The teams, which have won 11 of the last 12 Atlantic Division championships, will play twice more.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

Celtics: Host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

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Key Players
K. Leonard
2 SF
K. Irving
11 PG
32.3 Min. Per Game 32.3
20.7 Pts. Per Game 20.7
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
47.3 Field Goal % 50.0
47.0 Three Point % 47.7
86.9 Free Throw % 83.7
  Defensive rebound by Al Horford 0:09
  Kyle Lowry missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
+ 2 Al Horford made dunk, assist by Kyrie Irving 0:18
  Defensive rebound by Al Horford 0:36
  Kawhi Leonard missed fade-away jump shot 0:38
  Out of bounds turnover on Kyrie Irving 0:48
+ 2 Kawhi Leonard made fade-away jump shot 1:01
+ 2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 1:10
+ 2 Jonas Valanciunas made dunk 1:28
  Offensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas 1:28
+ 2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 1:44
Team Stats
Points 116 123
Field Goals 42-97 (43.3%) 47-89 (52.8%)
3-Pointers 8-29 (27.6%) 9-26 (34.6%)
Free Throws 24-29 (82.8%) 20-24 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 52 54
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 32 37
Team 9 8
Assists 20 25
Steals 12 9
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 13 18
Fouls 23 23
Technicals 0 0
31 PTS, 15 REB, 4 AST
43 PTS, 2 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Raptors 12-4 272530259116
home team logo Celtics 9-6 3024242916123
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 12-4 115.6 PPG 45.8 RPG 25.5 APG
home team logo Celtics 9-6 111.1 PPG 46.4 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF 26.1 PPG 8.3 RPG 3.0 APG 48.8 FG%
K. Irving PG 22.5 PPG 4.6 RPG 6.4 APG 48.2 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 31 PTS 15 REB 4 AST
K. Irving PG 43 PTS 2 REB 11 AST
43.3 FG% 52.8
27.6 3PT FG% 34.6
82.8 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 42 31 15 4 3 0 2 0 11/25 0/3 9/11 2 13 55 +4
S. Ibaka 34 21 4 0 1 1 0 3 8/15 2/3 3/3 1 3 27 +4
P. Siakam 39 16 9 4 2 0 2 6 6/11 0/0 4/6 3 6 33 -2
K. Lowry 42 14 2 7 2 0 4 3 3/12 1/6 7/8 0 2 28 +5
D. Green 30 11 5 0 1 1 0 6 4/10 3/7 0/0 1 4 18 +18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 42 31 15 4 3 0 2 0 11/25 0/3 9/11 2 13 55 +4
S. Ibaka 34 21 4 0 1 1 0 3 8/15 2/3 3/3 1 3 27 +4
P. Siakam 39 16 9 4 2 0 2 6 6/11 0/0 4/6 3 6 33 -2
K. Lowry 42 14 2 7 2 0 4 3 3/12 1/6 7/8 0 2 28 +5
D. Green 30 11 5 0 1 1 0 6 4/10 3/7 0/0 1 4 18 +18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Valanciunas 19 11 5 1 0 1 2 1 5/8 0/0 1/1 3 2 17 -13
D. Wright 25 7 2 2 2 1 0 1 3/7 1/2 0/0 0 2 16 -15
O. Anunoby 9 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 3 -15
F. VanVleet 22 0 1 2 1 0 1 2 0/6 0/6 0/0 1 0 5 -21
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Powell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 262 116 43 20 12 4 13 23 42/97 8/29 24/29 11 32 202 -35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 38 43 2 11 3 1 3 3 18/26 3/6 4/6 0 2 68 +9
J. Tatum 37 21 7 1 2 1 3 4 8/13 2/4 3/4 1 6 30 +8
G. Hayward 39 15 5 5 4 0 2 3 4/8 1/4 6/6 1 4 32 +18
A. Horford 35 11 9 2 0 2 1 2 5/9 1/2 0/0 1 8 25 -5
J. Brown 25 7 4 0 0 1 2 2 3/11 1/5 0/0 3 1 10 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 38 43 2 11 3 1 3 3 18/26 3/6 4/6 0 2 68 +9
J. Tatum 37 21 7 1 2 1 3 4 8/13 2/4 3/4 1 6 30 +8
G. Hayward 39 15 5 5 4 0 2 3 4/8 1/4 6/6 1 4 32 +18
A. Horford 35 11 9 2 0 2 1 2 5/9 1/2 0/0 1 8 25 -5
J. Brown 25 7 4 0 0 1 2 2 3/11 1/5 0/0 3 1 10 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Morris 33 11 7 0 0 0 2 3 4/8 1/2 2/3 1 6 16 +11
A. Baynes 17 6 4 4 0 1 0 3 1/3 0/0 4/4 2 2 19 +12
M. Smart 18 5 5 1 0 0 4 3 2/5 0/2 1/1 0 5 8 -17
T. Rozier 19 4 3 1 0 0 1 0 2/6 0/1 0/0 0 3 8 -4
B. Wanamaker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Ojeleye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Yabusele - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Theis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 261 123 46 25 9 6 18 23 47/89 9/26 20/24 9 37 216 +35