Celtics hold on without Kyrie: Without star point guard Kyrie Irving (sore hip), the Celtics used balanced scoring and their defense to take down Brooklyn on Monday night, holding the Nets to just nine points in the first nine minutes of the final frame, which helped them pull away for a 112-104 victory.
Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown (21 points each) led six different Celtics who scored in double figures as Boston did well finding seams inside Brooklyn’s 2-3 zone defense for much of the night, despite a rough shooting evening from 3-point range (32 percent). Aron Baynes had 16 points off the bench while Al Horford had his third straight double-double to go with a season-high six blocks.
D’Angelo Russell had a game-high 25 points for the visitors as the Celtics snapped Brooklyn’s six-game winning streak. The Celtics have now won 11 of their last 12 games at the TD Garden and will go for their 12th on Wednesday night upon hosting the Hornets.