Irving Lead Celtics Into Victory Against Raptors
After missing Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a bruised leg, Kyrie Irving returned to face the Toronto Raptors on Thursday morning (Manila time).
At the last quarter, the Raptors were in the lead with 104-100 after Leonard’s three-point shot with 4:22 left on the clock. However, the Boston Celtics chased the lead by making 17 of the next 19 points count.
Jayson Tatum’s 3-pointer gave Boston a 106-104 lead, before Toronto tied it.
Then, Irving’s consecutive baskets delighted the crowd, especially when he showed off his jersey after connecting a tip-off shot to the rim. His assists made a difference to Boston’s last three baskets of the game before the Celtics interrupted their streak.
Kyrie Irving’s fadeaway paved the way for the Celtics’ win, ending with a 3-pointer to a total of 27 points and finally emerging victorious over the Raptors with the final score of 117-108.
Boston’s Al Horford and Jayson Tatum contributed with 24 and 16 points respectively.
Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard tallied 33 points and Serge Ibaka had 22 points, 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who would have had a 5-game winning streak had they won this game.
Kyle Lowry, who was poked in the left eye by his teammate Pascal Siakam while defending Marcus Smart, only scored 10 points for the Raptors.
The Celtics will face the Memphis Grizzlies next on Saturday. (Janiel Abby Toralba)