12/14 20:41 CST Kyrie Irving scores 24 points, Celtics beat Hawks 129-108
Kyrie Irving scores 24 points, Celtics beat Hawks 129-108
By DOUG ALDEN
BOSTON (AP) --- Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in three quarters and the Boston
Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-108 on Friday night for their eighth
Irving also had five assists, five rebounds and four steals. He scored 12
points in the first quarter and helped Boston race to a 23-5 lead. The Celtics
topped 100 points with 2 minutes left in the third quarter.
Jayson Tatum had 22 points for Boston, Marcus Morris added 20, Gordon Hayward
had 19 points and five assists, Daniel Theis scored 18 points and rookie Robert
Williams III blocked five shots.
Kevin Huerter led Atlanta with 19 points, and John Collins had 11 points and 14
rebounds. The Hawks, losers of six of seven, had nine of their 24 turnovers in
the first quarter.
Atlanta regrouped in the second quarter and pulled to 49-45, but Boston pushed
the lead back up to 11 at halftime and continued pulling away in the second
half with an opening 13-2 run.
Tatum's three-point play with 2:04 left in the third pushed the Celtics over
100 points at 101-79. A technical on Bazemore after the call led to another
free throw, followed by another Ton Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce 5 seconds later.
Boston led 108-82 after three and let its reserves take over in the fourth
Hawks: Outscored Boston 37-25 in the second quarter to pull to 67-56 at
halftime. ... Huerter tied his career high for points, which he set Wednesday
night in a loss at Dallas.
Celtics: The Celtics capitalized on nine turnovers by Atlanta in the first
quarter and led 42-19 after one period. Boston outrebounded Atlanta 13-6 in the
first and made 16 of 22 shots, going 6 for 8 from 3-point range. ... Boston's
42 points in the quarter was a little short of the season-high 45, also against
Atlanta on Nov. 23. ... Hayward and Jaylen Brown returned after missing
Wednesday's game with illnesses. ... Al Horford missed his fourth straight game
with an injured left knee.
Hawks: At Brooklyn on Sunday.
Celtics: At Detroit on Saturday night.
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