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Irving, Brown lead Celtics to 110-104 OT win over Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) Two days after Boston lost to the team chasing the Celtics atop the Eastern Conference standings, guard Kyrie Irving wasn't about to let his team suffer another defeat.

Irving scored 12 of Boston's last 17 points and finished with 28 to help the Celtics remain in sole possession of the East lead with a 110-104 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

''Every game for us is a learning experience, and it's almost like a `must-win,'' Irving said after his second game back from a thigh injury. ''Just based on the amount of expectations and what we put on ourselves and one another on a game-to-game basis.''

Jaylen Brown added five of his 18 points in overtime for Boston. The Celtics have won five of six, and remained a game ahead of Toronto in the race for the East's top playoff seed after the Raptors' win over New York earlier Thursday. The Raptors beat the Celtics 111-91 in Toronto on Tuesday.

Otto Porter had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, and Bradley Beal had 18 points and matched his career high with nine assists.

But as John Wall remains sidelined following knee surgery, the Wizards committed 22 turnovers and shot just 2 for 12 in the overtime period, dropping their second straight game after winning five straight.

Beal, who shot just 7 of 27 and took only one foul shot, suggested officiating played a role.

''It's crazy,'' he said of his lack of free throws. ''Because I feel like I'm being just as aggressive as everybody else out there. My teammates are doing the same. Sometimes we don't get rewarded.''

Meanwhile, Irving went 9 of 10 from the foul line. And after Boston allowed Washington to come back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, he tied it from the line with 9.8 seconds remaining in regulation on three made foul shots after luring Markieff Morris into a foul on a 3-point attempt.

''Nowhere near a foul,'' Morris said. ''(The referee) was behind me. I don't know how could see me swiping down on the ball and me hitting his arm. If I hit his arm, there's no way he would get the shot up.''

Said Irving: ''I just don't want to get into the whole `whether it was a foul or not.' I don't want to get fined.''

That was part of 10 straight points for Irving before finding Brown for a layup that made it 105-103 with 2:32 left in overtime.

Brown stretched the lead to five when he hit a contested baseline 3-pointer less than a minute later, and the Wizards missed their last five shots.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Signed and activated free agent C Greg Monroe, but did not make a trade at the NBA trade deadline. ... Coach Brad Stevens wasn't surprised. ''It was probably the least amount of time that I was paying attention to it or on the phone over these days in five years,'' he said. ... Monroe was one of three Celtics players to receive a technical foul in separate incidents, along with F Marcus Morris and G Terry Rozier

Wizards: Traded G/F Sheldon Mac to the Atlanta Hawks for a 2019 second-round pick in a move coach Scott Brooks said gave Washington the flexibility to sign one or two players. ''We're definitely looking,'' Brooks said. ... Mac (torn Achilles), who was then waived by Atlanta, has not played this season. ... F Kelly Oubre received a technical foul in the fourth quarter.

NOT TAKING THE BAIT

Although the Wizards won their first five games after losing G John Wall to knee surgery, Brooks denied the notion his absence has been a positive.

''He knows how I feel about him,'' Brooks said. ''He knows how the organization, his teammates feel about him. And for anyone to think that we're not better with John, that's for clickbait.''

ALMOST LOUISIANA'S MONROE

After reaching a buyout agreement with Phoenix, Louisiana native Monroe said he also considered signing with the New Orleans Pelicans after they lost C DeMarcus Cousins to a torn Achilles in January. ''They obviously had a need there at my position,'' Monroe said. ''It's home for me. So it was definitely a tough decision. But it was hard to resist here.''

UP NEXT

Celtics: Play Indiana on Friday night in the first of three at home.

Wizards: Begin a three-game road stint Saturday night at Chicago.

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Key Players
K. Irving
11 PG
B. Beal
3 SG
36.1 Min. Per Game 36.1
23.8 Pts. Per Game 23.8
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
48.5 Field Goal % 46.0
48.4 Three Point % 46.4
88.6 Free Throw % 78.9
  Team rebound 0:00
  Tomas Satoransky missed fade-away jump shot 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky 0:02
  Otto Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
+ 1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
+ 1 Kyrie Irving made 1st of 2 free throws 0:15
  Shooting foul on Bradley Beal 0:15
  Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving 0:39
  Otto Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:39
  Offensive rebound by Otto Porter 0:41
  Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:47
Team Stats
Points 110 104
Field Goals 39-84 (46.4%) 38-95 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 12-26 (46.2%)
Free Throws 23-34 (67.6%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 57 60
Offensive 7 17
Defensive 38 35
Team 12 8
Assists 16 28
Steals 9 11
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 17 20
Fouls 20 23
Technicals 3 1
28 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
18 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Celtics 40-16 2623262312110
home team logo Wizards 31-24 272419286104
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 40-16 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
home team logo Wizards 31-24 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
Key Players
K. Irving PG 24.4 PPG 3.8 RPG 5.1 APG 49.1 FG%
O. Porter SF 14.7 PPG 6.4 RPG 2.0 APG 50.3 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Irving PG 28 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
O. Porter SF 27 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
46.4 FG% 40.0
34.6 3PT FG% 46.2
67.6 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 33 28 5 6 1 1 3 0 9/19 1/5 9/10 0 5 44 -2
J. Brown 37 18 4 3 1 1 2 3 7/16 3/8 1/2 0 4 28 +6
A. Horford 34 12 7 2 1 2 2 4 5/8 1/4 1/2 2 5 24 0
J. Tatum 31 11 2 1 2 0 3 2 3/9 0/3 5/7 0 2 14 +13
A. Baynes 14 2 5 1 1 1 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 4 11 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 33 28 5 6 1 1 3 0 9/19 1/5 9/10 0 5 44 -2
J. Brown 37 18 4 3 1 1 2 3 7/16 3/8 1/2 0 4 28 +6
A. Horford 34 12 7 2 1 2 2 4 5/8 1/4 1/2 2 5 24 0
J. Tatum 31 11 2 1 2 0 3 2 3/9 0/3 5/7 0 2 14 +13
A. Baynes 14 2 5 1 1 1 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 4 11 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Morris 36 15 8 0 1 0 1 3 5/14 1/2 4/4 1 7 23 -4
T. Rozier 29 12 2 1 0 0 4 4 4/6 2/2 2/4 0 2 12 -4
D. Theis 27 7 6 0 0 1 1 1 3/4 1/2 0/2 1 5 13 +6
G. Monroe 19 5 6 2 2 0 1 2 2/5 0/0 1/3 2 4 16 +9
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Nader - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Larkin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Ojeleye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Eddie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Yabusele - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 110 45 16 9 6 17 20 39/84 9/26 23/34 7 38 185 +30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
O. Porter 40 27 11 2 2 0 2 2 9/18 3/5 6/6 3 8 42 0
B. Beal 44 18 5 9 2 0 1 1 7/27 3/9 1/1 0 5 42 0
T. Satoransky 34 14 4 4 1 2 3 2 6/12 2/2 0/0 2 2 26 +5
M. Gortat 30 10 10 4 1 1 3 2 4/7 0/0 2/4 4 6 27 -6
M. Morris 28 9 5 5 1 1 3 6 3/6 1/2 2/2 0 5 23 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
O. Porter 40 27 11 2 2 0 2 2 9/18 3/5 6/6 3 8 42 0
B. Beal 44 18 5 9 2 0 1 1 7/27 3/9 1/1 0 5 42 0
T. Satoransky 34 14 4 4 1 2 3 2 6/12 2/2 0/0 2 2 26 +5
M. Gortat 30 10 10 4 1 1 3 2 4/7 0/0 2/4 4 6 27 -6
M. Morris 28 9 5 5 1 1 3 6 3/6 1/2 2/2 0 5 23 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre 32 11 6 0 0 0 2 2 3/10 2/4 3/4 3 3 15 -9
M. Scott 15 7 4 1 0 0 2 2 3/5 1/3 0/1 0 4 11 -5
I. Mahinmi 15 6 5 0 1 0 1 4 3/6 0/0 0/0 4 1 11 -8
J. Meeks 8 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 0 4 -6
T. Frazier 14 0 2 2 3 0 3 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 1 6 -7
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 104 52 28 11 4 20 23 38/95 12/26 16/20 17 35 207 -30