Kyrie Irving recorded the second triple-double of his career to lead the Boston Celtics to victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Irving starred as a scorer and distributor, torching Sacramento with 31 points (on 11-of-28 shooting) to lead the Celtics to a 126-120 win that maintained their pursuit of a top-four place in the Eastern Conference.
Irving opened his account in the opening minutes of the first quarter with a mid-range jump shot from the elbow over Buddy Hield.
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In the second period, Hield was again the victim as Irving teased him with his dribble before blowing by him into the lane for a left-handed lay-up off the glass.
With 3:49 remaining in the half, Irving stole possession and dribbled the length of the court before Euro-stepping into the lane, spinning in mid-air and hitting his trailing team-mate Marcus Morris to ram home a two-handed dunk.
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After trailing for much of the first three quarters, Sacramento reduced their deficit to a single point at 104-103 with 6:20 to go.
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Irving countered immediately with a floater and, after a three-point play by Morris, added two jumpers in a 9-0 flurry that opened a 113-103 advantage from which the Kings could not recover.
Thursday night's scores
- Los Angeles Lakers 98-111 Toronto Raptors
- Dallas Mavericks 99-100 Denver Nuggets
- Oklahoma City Thunder 106-108 Indiana Pacers
- Sacramento Kings 120-126 Boston Celtics
- Minnesota Timberwolves 100-120 Utah Jazz
- Cleveland Cavaliers 91-120 Orlando Magic
Irving wound up with his second career triple-double, complementing his 31 points with 10 rebounds and a game-high 12 assists. His only previous triple-double came for Cleveland against Utah in February 2014.
Click the video at the top of the page to watch Kyrie's stellar all-round display.