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Irving leads Celtics past Knicks 128-100

BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, still had a .500 record through Thanksgiving.

The low point may have been a home loss to the Knicks that snapped New York's six-game losing streak.

''I was thinking about it since we lost to them,'' the Celtics point guard said after scoring 22 points to coast past the Knicks 128-100 on Thursday night and exact a measure of revenge for the embarrassing earlier loss. ''I remember players from other teams asking about what's going on when we were 10-10.''

Irving also had eight assists before leaving the game with about four minutes left, rubbing his right shoulder and swinging it around in pain. He raised his hand for coach Brad Stevens to take him out of the game but couldn't get his attention and instead walked to the bench at the next whistle.

The shoulder was wrapped in ice when he walked off the court at the end of the game. Irving thought it was his AC joint and said he would be OK.

''I think he got hit,'' Stevens said. ''He didn't seem too concerned about it, but he's going to get looked over, as usual.''

Al Horford had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, and Jaylen Brown returned after missing three games with a bruised lower back and scored a season-high 21 points. Jayson Tatum added 17 for the Celtics, who won their fourth straight game.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 for New York, which has lost four of its last five games. Enes Kanter had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Noah Vonleh had 12 and 10.

''Not going to win in this league giving up 30 points per quarter,'' Hardaway said. ''Need to do a better job as a team and individually, including myself.''

NOT EVEN CLOSE

The Celtics scored the first three baskets of the game and never trailed. They led by eight after one, by 11 after two and by 15 points after scoring eight straight to make it 97-82 near the end of the third quarter.

New York was within 12 with five minutes remaining before Boston scored the next 11 points on baskets from five different players.

''Terrible defense tonight. We just didn't have it,'' Knicks coach David Fizdale said. ''Thought we were right there slugging away with them, but in the fourth we couldn't keep up.''

LAST TIME

The Celtics, who went to the Eastern Conference finals last year, were expected to be one of the league's top teams after getting Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injuries. But New York won 117-109 in Boston on Nov. 21 loss and sent the Celtics to their third loss in a row.

Stevens wondered aloud after that one whether his team was ''that good.''

''Maybe it's not a wake-up call if you keep getting beat,'' he said.

But Boston is 5-1 since then.

''Disappointing loss against them recently here,'' Horford said on Thursday. ''We just wanted to come out and set the tone from the beginning and I felt like we were able to do that. ... We played much better, and I felt better tonight.''

TIP-INS

Knicks: Both teams shot better than 60 percent in the first quarter, but the Knicks were just 8 for 26 in the second. ... Hardaway went down to the floor after taking an elbow from Marcus Morris Sr. in the head. The play was ruled a flagrant foul. Hardaway returned a few minutes later. ... Kanter had his seventh double-double in his last nine games.

Celtics: The Celtics wore green, white and yellow jerseys reminiscent of the 1980s, and they enhanced the theme by using graphics on the scoreboard from the time. During breaks, they showed video of a Green Line train approaching the original Boston Garden on elevated tracks, neither of which exists anymore. ... Aron Baynes limped off in the last two minutes of the first quarter. The team said he had a left ankle injury and he did not return.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday

Celtics: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

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Key Players
E. Kanter
00 C
K. Irving
11 PG
32.1 Min. Per Game 32.1
22.2 Pts. Per Game 22.2
6.4 Ast. Per Game 6.4
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
54.2 Field Goal % 48.5
54.1 Three Point % 48.1
82.1 Free Throw % 81.4
  Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown 0:05
  Offensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson 0:09
  Damyean Dotson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:13
+ 3 Semi Ojeleye made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 0:32
+ 1 Damyean Dotson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:47
  NY team rebound 0:47
  Damyean Dotson missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:47
  Personal foul on Terry Rozier 0:47
  Allonzo Trier missed jump shot 0:52
  Personal foul on Jaylen Brown 1:02
  Defensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson 1:02
Team Stats
Points 100 128
Field Goals 36-91 (39.6%) 49-92 (53.3%)
3-Pointers 12-35 (34.3%) 13-38 (34.2%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 51 54
Offensive 14 7
Defensive 33 39
Team 4 8
Assists 21 32
Steals 4 8
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 16 9
Fouls 23 25
Technicals 0 1
12 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Knicks 8-18 30282616100
home team logo Celtics 14-10 38313029128
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 8-18 108.6 PPG 45.6 RPG 19.8 APG
home team logo Celtics 14-10 111.5 PPG 46.4 RPG 25.1 APG
Key Players
T. Hardaway Jr. G 21.0 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.9 APG 39.5 FG%
K. Irving PG 22.7 PPG 4.8 RPG 6.3 APG 48.1 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Hardaway Jr. G 22 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
K. Irving PG 22 PTS 4 REB 8 AST
39.6 FG% 53.3
34.3 3PT FG% 34.2
80.0 FT% 85.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 33 22 1 2 1 0 3 2 7/19 6/13 2/2 1 0 25 -17
E. Mudiay 34 17 2 6 0 1 3 4 5/15 2/4 5/5 1 1 29 -17
E. Kanter 23 14 11 1 0 1 1 3 7/12 0/0 0/0 5 6 27 -8
N. Vonleh 34 12 10 3 2 0 1 0 4/5 1/1 3/4 2 8 29 -13
M. Hezonja 18 3 3 2 0 0 2 2 1/4 0/2 1/1 0 3 8 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 33 22 1 2 1 0 3 2 7/19 6/13 2/2 1 0 25 -17
E. Mudiay 34 17 2 6 0 1 3 4 5/15 2/4 5/5 1 1 29 -17
E. Kanter 23 14 11 1 0 1 1 3 7/12 0/0 0/0 5 6 27 -8
N. Vonleh 34 12 10 3 2 0 1 0 4/5 1/1 3/4 2 8 29 -13
M. Hezonja 18 3 3 2 0 0 2 2 1/4 0/2 1/1 0 3 8 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Knox 24 11 4 2 0 0 2 1 4/12 2/6 1/2 1 3 17 -19
M. Robinson 20 7 8 1 0 2 1 4 3/4 0/0 1/2 4 4 18 -16
A. Trier 17 6 2 2 0 0 2 3 2/5 0/0 2/2 0 2 10 -12
D. Dotson 20 5 3 0 1 0 1 2 2/11 0/6 1/2 0 3 8 -19
C. Lee 10 3 2 2 0 0 0 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 2 9 -7
L. Kornet 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 2 -5
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ntilikina - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 100 47 21 4 5 16 23 36/91 12/35 16/20 14 33 182 -140
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 30 22 4 8 0 1 2 2 9/15 3/6 1/2 1 3 41 +15
A. Horford 27 19 12 3 0 4 2 3 8/12 0/0 3/3 2 10 39 +15
J. Tatum 26 17 5 2 2 0 1 2 7/11 3/5 0/0 1 4 27 +10
M. Morris 30 10 3 2 1 0 0 2 5/13 0/7 0/0 0 3 18 +16
M. Smart 23 4 2 7 2 0 0 2 2/8 0/5 0/0 1 1 22 +16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 30 22 4 8 0 1 2 2 9/15 3/6 1/2 1 3 41 +15
A. Horford 27 19 12 3 0 4 2 3 8/12 0/0 3/3 2 10 39 +15
J. Tatum 26 17 5 2 2 0 1 2 7/11 3/5 0/0 1 4 27 +10
M. Morris 30 10 3 2 1 0 0 2 5/13 0/7 0/0 0 3 18 +16
M. Smart 23 4 2 7 2 0 0 2 2/8 0/5 0/0 1 1 22 +16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Brown 25 21 3 2 0 0 2 5 7/10 0/2 7/9 0 3 26 +16
T. Rozier 24 11 7 4 2 1 1 4 3/7 3/6 2/2 0 7 28 +17
D. Theis 17 10 3 0 0 0 1 3 4/7 0/1 2/2 2 1 12 +8
G. Hayward 25 8 6 4 0 0 0 1 2/6 2/3 2/2 0 6 22 +13
B. Wanamaker 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 4 +5
S. Ojeleye 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 0 3 +5
A. Baynes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
G. Yabusele 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 +5
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 128 46 32 8 6 9 25 49/92 13/38 17/20 7 39 243 +140