PHOENIX (AP) — When their photographs after all began to fall, the Boston Celtics could not be stopped.
Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his season-high 39 issues in the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation, and Boston rallied from a 22-point deficit for a 116-109 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday evening.
Irving scored Boston’s first six issues in the additional duration, and Marcus Morris completed with 17 towards his former staff — together with the tying Three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in legislation off a feed from Irving.
Morris hit from the top of the arc to tie it at 100. Jaylen Brown added 17 issues, all after halftime, for the Celtics (7-Four).
“Guys like Kyrie, he is going to have all the focus on him,” Morris mentioned. “I worked on my 3-pointers extensively.”
Devin Booker paced the Suns (2-Nine) with a season-high 38 issues, and T.J. Warren had 29.
The Celtics ended a two-game skid, whilst the Suns have misplaced 9 of 10.
Booker scored 12 issues in the fourth quarter and 7 in OT, however Phoenix could not cling onto a 16-point lead with 6:13 to play in legislation.
The Suns led 92-76 when Booker dropped in a brief fadeaway.
“We just fell apart down the stretch. Kept giving up quick buckets. Miscommunications on defense. A little bit of everything,” Booker mentioned.
Boston recovered from an ice chilly get started and received regardless of capturing 40.2 % from the sector. The Celtics trailed via double digits for a lot of the second one part till a livid overdue rally.
Suns rookie Deandre Ayton had 14 issues and 10 rebounds.
Irving hit a three with 35.1 seconds to cross in the fourth, then his thieve led to Brown’s layup that reduce the Suns’ lead to 98-97 with 7.Three seconds to play. Warren hit two unfastened throws, then Morris took a move from a double-teamed Irving for the tying Three.
“We just learned a lot about being resilient,” Irving mentioned. “We had to make adjustments.”
Suns trainer Igor Kokoskov concept fatigue stuck up to his staff overdue in the sport. He additionally sought after a bad towards Irving at the Celtics’ closing ownership of the fourth quarter.
“You take the blame and responsibility as a coach,” Kokoskov mentioned.
Warren, beginning for the primary time since Oct. 31, scored 14 first-quarter issues because the Suns took good thing about Boston’s capturing woes. Phoenix led 32-13 after 12 mins.
After making their first shot of the sport, a three via Irving, the Celtics overlooked their subsequent 12 makes an attempt and the Suns raced out to a 15-Three lead.
Aron Baynes’ putback with five:04 left in the primary quarter used to be the Celtics’ 2nd basket of the sport, and so they shot simply Four of 22 in the quarter.
Boston were given the lead down to 14 in the second one, however a three from Booker gave the Suns a 48-26 benefit with Four:31 left in the part.
The Celtics trailed 55-35 on the destroy.
Consecutive baskets via Booker put the Suns in entrance 75-58 in the 3rd quarter.
“I told Igor we didn’t deserve to win the game, but it was a great individual performance by Kyrie, certainly,” Celtics trainer Brad Stevens mentioned.
Celtics: The staff’s 13 issues in the primary quarter have been a season low. … Irving used to be the one starter to make a box function in the primary part. Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Brown have been a mixed zero for 15. … G Marcus Smart surpassed 1,000 rebounds and 400 steals for his profession.
Suns: Warren made his 3rd get started this season. Ryan Anderson got here off the bench. … Booker has 146 issues in his closing 3 video games towards the Celtics, together with the career-high 70 he scored in Boston on March 24, 2017. … A recreation after enjoying a season-low seven mins, 2017 first-round draft pick out Josh Jackson performed simplest 5.
Stevens known as Ayton a “special talent” when requested concerning the rookie sooner than the sport. “He brings everything to the table you would think a really good player at that position brings,” Stevens mentioned.
Brown’s first basket used to be a high-flying, one-handed dunk in transition on the 10:10 mark of the 3rd quarter. Smart supplied the help.
Celtics: At the Utah Jazz on Friday in their 2nd set of back-to-back video games this season.
Suns: At the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday.
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