BSJ Game Report: Celtics 110, Hawks 107 — Kyrie’s masterpiece

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics’ 110-107 win over the Hawks in quickie form.


Irving put on a show: The All-Star point guard had surprisingly failed to score more than 25 points during his first ten games as a Celtic, but he showed off nearly every trick in the bag on Monday night in Atlanta. Irving scored 19 of his 35 points in the second half with an incredibly efficient 14-of-22 shooting line (4-of-10 from 3) as he worked the Hawks’ defense for the better part of the night. The 25-year-old also chipped in with seven assists and was the engine in the Celtics’ offense that needed to score plenty to keep pace with the hot-shooting hosts.

The rookie comes up big: Jayson Tatum continues to not only be one of the best rookies in the NBA, but also one of the best scorers on the Celtics roster. He scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the 3-point win, but it was his corner 3-point shot that proved to be the dagger with just under a minute remaining for Boston. The trey was his third 3-point make of the night, and he’s now shooting 52 percent from beyond the arc on the young season.


Nine straight: This was the toughest test in crunch time during the streak, having to come back from fourth-quarter deficits on multiple occasions against an energetic Atlanta squad. It wasn’t pretty for a lot of the night, but big contributions late from Irving, Tatum and Al Horford helped Boston escape with their ninth-straight win and improve the team’s road record to an NBA-best 6-1. The impressive run sets the stage for a big showdown against the Lakers on Wednesday night at the Garden.