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Irving, Celtics beat skidding Kings 113-86 for 6th straight

BOSTON (AP) Jaylen Brown has already figured out he'll receive a lot less attention from opposing defenses when he's on the floor with Kyrie Irving. Brown has also realized he'll get some open shots, too.

Brown scored 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting in three quarters, and the Boston Celtics coasted past the skidding Sacramento Kings 113-86 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.

''Kyrie and (Al) Horford are going to draw so much attention, especially Kyrie,'' Brown said. ''I'm just licking my chops anytime they double-team Kyrie. I'm just trying to be as ready as possible to take the pressure off them.''

Irving also scored 22 for the Celtics, who posted their 11th consecutive win over the Kings in Boston, dating to their last loss on Jan. 19, 2007. Terry Rozier added 12 points, and Daniel Theis had 10 points with 10 rebounds.

''You know what was interesting? I thought that he only took eight shots, but obviously 22 points on eight shots is great,'' Boston coach Brad Stevens said about Brown. ''I thought that he took all the right ones.''

Buddy Hield scored 17 points and Zach Randolph 16 for the Kings, who lost their sixth in a row - the last three by an average of 24 points.

''Despite these losses, I think we're playing better. We're moving the ball, playing with each other,'' Hield said. ''It can mentally break you down. We've just got to be mentally strong each and every day.''

Boston led 58-45 at halftime and took complete control early in the third quarter, pushing it to 66-47 on Irving's second 3-pointer in the opening two minutes.

Brown hit consecutive 3-pointers 27 seconds apart during a 17-2 run that made it 87-56 late in the third. Irving had seven points during the spree, including his third from beyond the arc in the quarter.

The Celtics led 89-60 after three.

TIP-INS

Kings: Have been held to 100 points or fewer in four of their seven losses. . Sacramento was outrebounded 52-26 and shot only 43 percent. ''We just struggle to score,'' coach Dave Joerger said. ''When you play a team that can score, sometimes that inability lets them be even more free and more loose.''

Celtics: F Marcus Morris, who has not played this season due to a sore left knee, worked ''really hard'' on Wednesday and the team expects to see him play ''sooner than later,'' Stevens said. Morris is scheduled to go on the upcoming road trip.

HAYWARD UPDATE

Stevens talked about star Gordon Hayward's progress from a gruesome broken left ankle suffered in the team's opener at Cleveland.

''He's going to be in a boot for however long,'' the coach said. ''It's going to be a while before he's allowed to put any weight on it.''

Stevens said Hayward is in ''good spirits'' and ''has been doing his chair shooting every day.''

The injured forward has visited the team's practice facility a few times.

STAY CALM

Joerger talked about the need to stay positive before the game despite his team's rough start.

''I try not to hit them over the head every timeout, being negative,'' he said, breaking into a smile. ''Very rarely have I lost it this season, which I think you can do twice a season - you can go temporarily insane.

''This is about where we're going to be two years from now. I have to look at it in a broader lens on a day-to-day basis.''

UP NEXT

Kings: Complete a three-game road swing at Detroit on Saturday. Sacramento beat the Pistons in both meetings last season.

Celtics: Open a three-game trip at Oklahoma City on Friday. The Thunder won both games against Boston last season.

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Key Players
D. Fox
5 G
K. Irving
11 G
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
21.7 Pts. Per Game 21.7
5.7 Ast. Per Game 5.7
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
40.4 Field Goal % 44.5
41.7 Three Point % 44.2
81.3 Free Throw % 92.6
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Shane Larkin 0:23
  De'Aaron Fox missed jump shot 0:27
+ 3 Abdel Nader made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shane Larkin 0:42
  Defensive rebound by Shane Larkin 0:44
  Frank Mason III missed layup 0:46
+ 2 Jayson Tatum made layup, assist by Abdel Nader 1:01
  Lost ball turnover on Frank Mason III 1:04
+ 1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
  Team rebound 1:14
  Jayson Tatum missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:14
Team Stats
Points 86 113
Field Goals 35-81 (43.2%) 40-82 (48.8%)
3-Pointers 6-20 (30.0%) 17-41 (41.5%)
Free Throws 10-12 (83.3%) 16-19 (84.2%)
Total Rebounds 34 59
Offensive 7 16
Defensive 19 36
Team 8 7
Assists 24 30
Steals 10 10
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 15 16
Fouls 18 19
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
22 PTS, 5 AST
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away team logo Kings 1-6 2421152686
home team logo Celtics 6-2 27313124113
Team Stats
away team logo Kings 1-6 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Celtics 6-2 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
Key Players
B. Hield G 13.5 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.9 APG 44.6 FG%
K. Irving G 24.4 PPG 3.8 RPG 5.1 APG 49.1 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Hield G 17 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
K. Irving G 22 PTS 0 REB 5 AST
43.2 FG% 48.8
30.0 3PT FG% 41.5
83.3 FT% 84.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Randolph 22 16 5 2 0 1 1 1 7/14 1/2 1/1 2 3 25 -14
G. Hill 23 10 0 2 1 0 1 2 4/8 2/3 0/0 0 0 14 -14
B. Bogdanovic 19 6 2 1 1 1 0 1 2/7 0/3 2/2 1 1 12 -7
G. Temple 20 2 1 2 1 0 1 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 1 7 -14
W. Cauley-Stein 19 2 3 2 0 1 2 2 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 2 8 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Randolph 22 16 5 2 0 1 1 1 7/14 1/2 1/1 2 3 25 -14
G. Hill 23 10 0 2 1 0 1 2 4/8 2/3 0/0 0 0 14 -14
B. Bogdanovic 19 6 2 1 1 1 0 1 2/7 0/3 2/2 1 1 12 -7
G. Temple 20 2 1 2 1 0 1 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 1 7 -14
W. Cauley-Stein 19 2 3 2 0 1 2 2 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 2 8 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 26 17 7 2 3 0 5 4 7/11 2/4 1/1 0 7 26 -18
S. Labissiere 16 8 1 2 1 0 0 0 4/8 0/1 0/0 1 0 14 -3
K. Koufos 20 6 3 1 1 1 1 1 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 12 -22
M. Richardson 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 1/1 1/1 0 0 6 +2
D. Fox 28 6 3 6 1 0 2 2 2/8 0/0 2/3 0 3 20 -13
J. Jackson 19 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 2/5 0/2 1/2 1 0 8 -12
V. Carter 9 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 0 3 -10
F. Mason III 6 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 5 -3
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 86 26 24 10 5 15 18 35/81 6/20 10/12 7 19 160 -135
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 27 22 0 5 4 0 2 1 8/17 4/9 2/2 0 0 34 +22
J. Brown 24 22 6 1 0 0 1 2 7/8 5/6 3/5 0 6 29 +16
J. Tatum 26 12 4 2 0 0 2 1 4/7 1/2 3/4 1 3 18 +23
A. Horford 25 7 7 6 1 1 4 1 3/6 1/4 0/0 0 7 24 +19
A. Baynes 22 4 9 2 0 0 1 2 2/6 0/0 0/0 4 5 16 +13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 27 22 0 5 4 0 2 1 8/17 4/9 2/2 0 0 34 +22
J. Brown 24 22 6 1 0 0 1 2 7/8 5/6 3/5 0 6 29 +16
J. Tatum 26 12 4 2 0 0 2 1 4/7 1/2 3/4 1 3 18 +23
A. Horford 25 7 7 6 1 1 4 1 3/6 1/4 0/0 0 7 24 +19
A. Baynes 22 4 9 2 0 0 1 2 2/6 0/0 0/0 4 5 16 +13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Rozier 18 12 2 3 2 0 1 2 4/9 2/7 2/2 0 2 21 +6
S. Ojeleye 22 11 2 0 0 0 0 2 3/6 3/6 2/2 1 1 13 +8
D. Theis 18 10 10 0 0 1 0 4 4/7 0/0 2/2 4 6 21 +11
A. Nader 13 7 2 1 2 1 3 0 3/6 1/2 0/0 1 1 11 -4
G. Yabusele 6 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 3 0 7 +3
M. Smart 25 2 2 8 1 0 2 3 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 1 19 +20
S. Larkin 8 0 5 2 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 4 9 -2
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 113 52 30 10 3 16 19 40/82 17/41 16/19 16 36 222 +135