Celtics win fourth straight behind superb game from starters: The Celtics season turned around when they put together their current starting five and we saw why yet again in Monday’s 107-99 win over the Heat. Four of those starters scored in double figures to lead the way for the hosts, none better than Kyrie Irving (26 points, 10 assists, career-high eight steals) who scored six straight points in the fourth quarter to end a Heat rally and re-assert control in Boston’s fourth-straight win. Al Horford chipped in with his fourth double-double of the season (16 points, 12 rebounds) while Jayson Tatum (19 points) and Marcus Morris (17 points) added terrific shooting nights and solid defense to make up for a lackluster effort by Boston’s bench.
The victory gives Boston nine consecutive wins at the TD Garden, dating back to Dec. 21. The Celtics also pulled within one game of the No. 4 seed, pending the result of the Sixers-Rockets game on Monday night.
Irving continues defensive resurgence: The point guard put himself into the Celtics record books yet again for a surprise reason, tallying a career-high eight steals.