Boston Celtics (22-4) continues to be unstoppable in the NBA even without Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris against the Dallas Mavericks (7-18) at the TD Garden.
With the help of Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and rookie Jayson Tatum, the short-handed Celtics overcome the Mavericks to a 97-90 victory to remain unbeaten in the Western Conference.
Irving led the team with 23 points, five assists and two rebounds, including his nine points in the last quarter that sparked to a 12-2 run for Boston, to seal the win.
In fact, he was recently called by Brown as the “Mr. Fourth Quarter.”
“Just winning time… It’s as simple as that. It’s always fun when the game’s close. I know you guys [the media] probably get tired of hearing me say it, but it’s fun. It’s fun for me. You really just have to go into your bag of tricks and prepare for whatever the defense will throw at you.” Irving stated after the game.
Horford finished the game with 17 points, eight boards and eight assists while Tatum added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Brown didn’t play because of an inflamed right eye while Morris was out due to the soreness of his left knee.
For the Mavs, Harrison Barnes had 19 points while veteran star Dirk Nowitzki contributed 16 points.
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