Celtics

Final: Celtics 126, Kings 120 — Kyrie’s triple-double keys crucial comeback

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Kyrie Irving tallied his first triple-double since 2014, posting 31 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Celtics fight back from a 17-point deficit in the first half and sweep the season series over the Kings with a 126-120 victory. Jaylen Brown added 22 points off the bench while Marcus Morris chipped in with his first double-double since November, enabling the hosts to bounce back from a miserable defensive showing in parts of the first three quarters and pull out a much-needed victory.

Buddy Hield had a game-high 34 points for the visitors, who had their way on offense for most of the night behind some terrific transition offense and unselfish play. The Celtics landed some counter punches in the third quarter before a game-changing 16-2 run to close out the third frame, giving the hosts the momentum which they rode the rest of the way.

The Celtics have now won four of their last five games overall and remain two games behind the Pacers for the No. 3 seed after the Pacers beat the Thunder on Thursday night.

First Quarter Notes