Thursday night’s game had its fair share of ups and downs for the Celtics, but Kyrie Irving was their lone, consistent bright spot throughout.
Boston’s offense struggled at the beginning of the contest with four of its starters failing to score a single point during the first half. However, Irving kept the team afloat, by pouring in 13 points before the break.
When the second half rolled around, the Celtics were ready to make their comeback, and Irving spearheaded that effort as well. He doubled his first half scoring performance with 26 points after the break, including 16 during the final eight and a half minutes of play.
On top of his season-high 39 points, Irving also corralled seven rebounds, dished out six assists and snagged a season-high-tying three steals, including one critical swipe with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter that helped lead to a fast-break layup that cut Boston’s deficit down to one.
The Celtics never would have had a chance in this one if it weren’t for Irving’s consistent offensive effort, and they certainly wouldn’t have won if it weren’t for his clutch playmaking down the stretch.