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National Basketball Association wrap: Kyrie Irving hot as Celtics top Raptors in OT

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Shannon Reynolds | 18 November, 2018, 10:12

One night after knocking off the mighty Toronto Raptors in a showdown, Boston was asleep at the wheel and falls to 9-7. He returned to Toronto with the Pistons and his team earned him a measure of revenge when Reggie Bullock hit a floater at the buzzer.

Irving had 11 assists, and Jayson Tatum scored 21 with seven rebounds for the Celtics. Ibaka has exceeded expectations so far this season, scoring in double figures in each of his first 13 games, now averaging 17.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 26.6 minutes per game.

The Celtics look to improve on their 4-1 record at home at the TD Garden against the best road team in the National Basketball Association thus far.

"Coming into the season we were all expecting that we would just kind of take over", Boston's Al Horford said after Wednesday's win, "and we're very risky. And I'm pretty sure we'll see them down the road". And we have to do it every night. The Raptors shortly ruled him out for the rest of the game, as they had a big lead on the Pistons, one that eventually evaporated and ultimately backfired after a Reggie Bullock shot resulted in a loss against former coach Dwane Casey.

If Chicago has any chance of beating Toronto on Saturday, they'll need LaVine to get his game back on track.

The game was such a rout, none of Toronto's starters had to play in the fourth quarter when a G League-dominated group that included Jordan Loyd, Chris Boucher and Malachi Richardson mopped up. "Just was a tough game for us".

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Serge Ibaka held nothing back with this vicious slam. Despite being on the second night of a back-to-back, they're now riding a three-game losing streak following losses to the New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics.

"It was just a veteran game out there, just great competition for a Friday night in the NBA", Irving said.

Marcus Morris missed Wednesday's game for the Celtics because of illness and was questionable for Friday.

The second night of a back-to-back didn't help, but the Celtics certainly can't blame that entirely for Saturday's 98-86 thumping at the hands of the Utah Jazz.

Danny Green of the Toronto Raptors huddles up with his team before a recent game.

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