Kyrie Irving Leads Celtics to Comeback Win over Russell Westbrook, Thunder

by Leon Thompson November 5, 2017, 0:55
Kyrie Irving Leads Celtics to Comeback Win over Russell Westbrook, Thunder

Kyrie Irving brazenly led the Celtics to a 101-94 win over the Thunder Friday in Oklahoma City. Boston tied the game at the six-minute mark on a three-pointer by Marcus Smart and then took the lead on a three-pointer by Al Horford.

Kyrie Irving led Boston with 25 points and hit a crucial 3-pointer, plus drew a foul on Russell Westbrook, to give the Celtics an 85-81 lead.

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"It felt good to be working out with my teammates and getting better with my teammates, and I'm just happy to be back out there, " said Payton, who figures that it might take him a day or two to build his conditioning and shake off the rust from 13 days of inactivity.

Irving scored or assisted on 37 of Boston's 64 second-half points after accounting for only 3 points in the first half, according to ESPN Stats and Information data.

The Thunder were coming off a 110-91 blowout at the Milwaukee Bucks, a competitive team but one that doesn't stand to finish as high in the East as the Celtics do.

This time, Orlando (6-3) very well could have a healthy Payton back at the controls when it faces the surging Boston Celtics (7-2) Sunday at 6 p.m.at the Amway Center. Get the app and get the game.

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"The first half, we played extremely well defensively", Anthony said. He would likely start again if Payton does not play. "It's going to be how he responds to today's work". "I was 1 of 9 in the first half, so I was back there getting my thoughts together and understanding my rhythm was going to come". "We have two days before the next game against NY, so there's a line of thinking that, 'Even if he's ready, let's get him two more practices so we can fully put it behind him.' But we'll see how he feels (on Sunday)".

"Elfrid looked good. He competed and you saw that his conditioning is a little behind - as to be expected - but he had a good practice, " Vogel noted.

Al Horford scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while also hauling in eight rebounds.

He came into Friday's game shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range in his career against the Thunder, which is the best he has shot from 3-point range against any team.

For such a young team, the Celtics have shown a remarkable resiliency early in the season. Anthony scored 10 points with 14 rebounds, but he scored just two points on 2-of-11 shooting in the second half.

"I think that was a great statement around the league for us".


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