Irving shines as Celtics pick up 113-99 win over New York


February 2, 2019 - 1:19 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder's Dennis Schroder (17) drives against the Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) in the third quarter in Miami on Friday. The Thunder won, 118-102. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists before a Madison Square Garden crowd eager to start the free agent wooing five months early, and the Boston Celtics beat New York 113-99 on Friday night in the Knicks’ first game since trading Kristaps Porzingis.

The trade to Dallas gave the Knicks money to chase two top free agents this summer and fans showed Irving that they want him to be one of them, cheering him before and during his return from a two-game absence with a hip injury.

Marcus Morris added 18 points for the Celtics, who won for the eighth time in nine games.

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