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Player of the Game
Kyrie Irving was the player of the game for the Celtics. He was the obvious choice. Irving completely took over the ball game for the Celtics. In the first, he was the only Celtic starter to score a point. Yes, you read that correctly.
Irving scored 39 points on the evening, adding seven Rebounds and six Assists. After a slow start to the season, Irving is responding in a huge way ever since. As his teammates continue to score the basketball, Irving’s put the team on his back on that side of the floor the past few games.
GAME RECAP AND ANALYSIS
An Ugly Start
Celtics not named Irving forgot how to play basketball for a 46-minute stretch in Phoenix on Nov. 8. Boston starters with a first name starting with a letter other than K did not make a shot for the entire first half. Boston put out yet another stinker in the first 3 1/2 quarters tonight.
On the Phoenix side of things, the Suns got out to a hot start behind the performances of Devin Booker, who finished with 38 Points, and TJ Warren who finished with 28 of his own. The Suns took a 20-point lead into the half, seemingly making the Celtics save some fuel for their game against the Utah Jazz.
The Celtics opened the second half with an offensive flurry but suddenly could not defend to start the second half. Despite finding an offensive rhythm, the Celtics only cut five points off Phoenix’s lead.
A Fascinating Comeback
Things took a swing in Boston’s direction in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter. The Celtics found themselves down 15 with just under six minutes to go before Irving led one last rally toward a comeback. After cutting the lead to three with only six seconds left, coach Brad Stevens drew up a play to get Irving a look at game-tying three, Kyrie reacted to a double team and made a quick pass to Marcus Morris for a game-tying three.
In overtime, the Celtics continued the newly found offensive explosion. Irving scored the first six points for the Celtics but was matched bucket for bucket by Booker. After an Al Horford three to go up 109-106. Booker once again tied the game for Phoenix. Jaylen Brown responded with a three to go up, 112-109, capping twelve straight field goals for the Celtics. A Morris layup and two Jayson Tatum free throws capped of the win for Boston giving them a 116-109 comeback victory.
A Look Ahead
The Celtics have a lot to figure out with this group of talent. They will need to figure it out quickly as they play tomorrow night against the Jazz, in Gordon Hayward‘s return to Utah. Phoenix will look to bounce back on Saturday as they travel to New Orleans to take on Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.
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