The Boston Celtics extend their winning streak to four games, behind another impressive performance from Kyrie Irving.
Irving stuffed the stat sheet with 26 points, 10 assists and a career-high EIGHT steals, while Al Horford added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 107-99.
Kyrie was everywhere for the Celtics tonight! 😲- NBA TV (@NBATV) January 22, 2019
📊: 26 PTS | 10 AST | 8 STL (career-high)#CUsRise pic.twitter.com/Nx3sFDar9F
Irving has now recorded 10+ assists in three of his past four games and has now has 10 games this season with 20+ points and 10+ assists, a mark not reached by a Celtics player since Larry Bird did it in 1986-87.
Celtics 107, Heat 99- Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) January 22, 2019
Kyrie Irving: 26 points, 10 assists, 8 steals.
This is only the 9th time since the NBA started tracking steals (1974) that a player has reached 20/10/8 benchmarks.
Irving absolutely sizzling lately.
After an even first half, Boston blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Heat 37-18, shooting a sizzling 16-of-22 from the field to take a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. With the Celtics in cruise control, the Heat responded immediately, using a 24-7 run with Boston's starters on the bench, cutting the deficit to 99-94 with under five minutes remaining, before Irving came to life once again.
With the game in the balance, Irving attacked the rim at will, burying layup after layup to give his team some breathing room, leaving Miami's defence scratching their heads for answers.
Kyrie getting things done down the stretch. pic.twitter.com/6NAdyZ2Dr0- Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 22, 2019
...he made it look too easy in crunch time.
And again. ❄️ pic.twitter.com/q5QO9CLvVp- Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 22, 2019
With the Celtics riding a wave of confidence, coach Brad Stevens had a smimple message for his squad after the win: "Move on. Keep going," he said post-game. "Focus on what you can do to improve from today's performance. But let it go regardless, and move on to Wednesday night."
Marcus Morris added 17 points for the Celtics, while Jayson Tatum added 19 as Boston won their ninth-straight game at TD Garden, improving their home record to 18-5 on the season.
Ahead of today's game, Irving addressed the Celtics home crowd, honouring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"A man who truly embodied what it means to be a leader, a visionary, and a dreamer..."- NBA (@NBA) January 21, 2019
The @celtics' Kyrie Irving on Martin Luther King Jr. #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/TZTHef53nY
For the Heat, Derrick Jones Jr. and Dion Waiters led the charge off the bench with 18 points each, with Josh Richardson the only Heat starter to crack double figures with 11.
Boston will look to extend their win streak on Wednesday night when they take on Irving's former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.