The Celtics brass dreamed about building around this duo for the long haul earlier this decade and we saw why on Christmas. Irving (37 points) and Durant (29 points) put on a show in the second half, erasing a three-point halftime lead with a 72-point second half for the visitors on their way to a 123-95 win. Jaylen Brown had a team-high 27 points for the hosts who overcame some ugly shooting in the first half thanks to offensive rebounding and gritty defense. However, the undermanned C’s were no match for Durant once he got going in the third quarter (16 points in the frame) while Boston’s offense sputtered to the finish line (only 41 second half points).
The Celtics fall to 1-1 on the season with five of their next six matchups coming on the road.