Celtics snap NBA losing streak to injury-hit Spurs

Los Angeles (AFP) – Al Horford delivered 14 factors and 13 rebounds because the Boston Celtics received their fifth straight and snapped an 11-game losing skid to the San Antonio Spurs with a 108-94 win on Monday.

Kyrie Irving performed his greatest recreation for the Celtics who beat the injury-depleted Spurs for the primary time in Boston since January 2011.

The Celtics have rallied from an Zero-2 season begin that noticed them lose new signee Gordon Hayward to an damage within the opening recreation at Cleveland.

“We’re simply actually shopping for into what the coach desires us to do and our younger guys, they’re all ears,” said Horford. “They’re all listening, attempting to be higher.”

Irving led his new staff by scoring 24 factors, whereas Jaylen Brown scored 18 for the Celtics who improved to 5-2 on the 2017-18 NBA season. Former first total draft decide Irving was dealt to the Celtics within the offseason after demanding a commerce out of Cleveland.

Terry Rozier scored eight of his 12 factors in 52 seconds to put the sport away within the fourth quarter and rookie Jayson Tatum grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three photographs.

Marcus Smart added 9 factors and 7 rebounds within the win.

The Spurs are nonetheless with out injured Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. Manu Ginobili additionally skipped the sport to get some wanted relaxation.

San Antonio received a career-high 18 factors and 5 rebound efficiency from Brandon Paul.

Pau Gasol had 11 factors and eight rebounds for the Spurs who suffered their third straight loss on a 1-Three street journey. They received at Miami to begin the journey.

In New York, Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 38 factors because the New York Knicks held on for a 116-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Porzingis, of Latvia, produced his fifth 30-point recreation of the season and eighth of his profession. He made 14 of 26 photographs, together with 4 three-pointers, and surpassed his earlier profession greatest set November 16 in opposition to the Detroit Pistons.

“Some of the stuff that he does, we look at each other on the bench and go ‘man he really just did that,'” Knicks middle Enes Kanter stated.

Kyle O’Quinn completed with 15 factors and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

Tim Hardaway scored all 13 of his factors within the fourth, whereas Kanter and Courtney Lee contributed 12 apiece.

Serbia’s Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 28 factors. Jamal Murray added 20 for Denver, which used a 22-2 run within the third and outscored the Knicks 38-19 within the interval.

After withstanding the troublesome third, the Knicks took an 84-81 lead into the fourth and expanded it to 100-93 on a three-pointer by Hardaway with about seven minutes left earlier than Porzingis completed it off.

Elsewhere, Rudy Gobert had 17 factors, 12 rebounds, six blocks and a career-high six assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 104-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Jazz improved to Four-Zero at house this season.

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