The masked Irving helped the Boston Celtics to their 13th win in a row, but it was sneakers that made more noise than his 25-point night.
He did so wearing a clear mask to protect his face, which contrasted the black one he wore when he scored 41 points as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a victory over the New York Knicks in 2012. The Celtics will now sit at 13-2, with the NBA's best record, when they take on the West-leading defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in a marquee nationally televised matchup between the league's best offense (Golden State, averaging a blistering 116.1 points per 100 possessions) and its No. 1 defense (Boston, allowing a minuscule 95.8 points-per-100). So a lot of my peripheral vision and driving, I could only see what's in front of me. "He don't need to get me a fruit basket, man", Irving said. I'm telling these guys, 'Come on, show some gratitude.
When it was over, Kyrie Irving shed the plastic mask and saluted some of the Boston Celtics fans chanting "MVP, MVP", as he walked off the court. Al Horford posted his fifth double-double with 17 points and 11 boards, and Brown totaled 14 points.
Horford has shot 16-for-19 during his past two games.
"They turned up their defense and we couldn't handle it", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. Brooklyn was only the fourth team, and only the second during this 13-game winning streak, to break 100 against the C's this season.
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The Celtics try to keep their winning streak alive Thursday against the Golden State Warriors.
"They're really sound, and they're motivated", he said.
Boston and Golden State are also No. 1 and No. 2 in defensive rating, at 95.4 and 101.8, respectively. They set the tone. "Just finding his way and doing what he does, making big plays for us, coming through and sealing the game".
Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 19 points for the Celtics. "Sometimes our offense gets a little stagnant, but at the end of the day, if we defend the right way, we're going to win games".