Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

LeBron James reacts to Kyrie Irving's big night against Raptors

LeBron James reacts to Kyrie Irving's big night against Raptors

The Jazz ended a nine-game TD Garden losing streak with a win there last season.

Kyrie Irving scored 23 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Friday as the Boston Celtics made a statement with a 123-116 victory over the NBA's Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors.

Here's how to watch Celtics vs. His fourth-quarter performance, along with a couple of timely Jayson Tatum baskets tied the game with just over 24 seconds on the clock.

Gordon Hayward scored 15 points with five rebounds and five assists in a team-high 39 minutes - by far his biggest workload since the injury that knocked him out in the first quarter of the first game last season.

Hayward opened overtime with two free throws, and then answered an Ibaka score with a turnaround from the baseline.

The Raptors made only 25 of their 94 attempts (26.6 percent) from distance in those three games and turned the ball over a total of 43 times (14.3 per game).

But with Toronto's length and defensive abilities, using it to get two or three or even four stops in a row could provide the kind of momentum shifts in a game they need. You've got to beat some great teams and build some continuity.

"It's just not too often during the regular season you get to have games like this", Irving said. "They're a great test for your team on both ends of the basketball floor".

Toronto led through most of the third and the early part of the fourth quarter. But Tatum dunked to cut the deficit to two points and Siakam was called for pushing while going for a rebound, sending Hayward to the line for the game-tying free throws.

Ben Simmons drove for a layup that put Philadelphia up 109-107 with 58.7 seconds remaining, and Butler drained a jump shot to stretch the lead then drew an offensive foul from the Jazz.

"It's just respect between us". But Tatum wound up kicking him in the head as he came back down. Still, James clearly was blown away by Irving's game Friday night and wanted to show love to the point guard who delivered the game-winning shot in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. The teams, which have won 11 of the last 12 Atlantic Division championships, will play twice more.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard will rest Saturday night and is not available to play against the Chicago Bulls.

Celtics: Host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

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