Celtics continue to be the story
The Boston Celtics picked up their 15th consecutive victory on Saturday as they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 110-99 at the Philips Arena.
Down 86-85 at the 7:31 mark of the 4th quarter, the Celtics slipped into another gear as they outscored their hosts 25-13 down the stretch.
Kyrie Irving led Boston with 30 points on 10-of-12 from the floor with Jaylen Brown adding 27 in another strong performance. Indeed as much as the focus has been on Irving requesting a trade from Cleveland because he wanted to be the focal point of a team, it has been the play of Brown, a second year pro out of Cal, that has helped the Celtics to their impressive start.
Rookie Jayson Tatum chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds although the former Duke star did end up with a plus/minus of -4 on the evening. Irving is still only 25 and Boston very much looms as a strong legitimate contender for the Golden State Warriors over the next couple of years.
Monday the Celtics are in Dallas to take on the Mavericks and conclude their three-game road swing in South Florida against the Miami Heat later in the week.
Four games back in the Atlantic Division standings the Toronto Raptors have won three in a row and seven of their last 10, only to be something of an afterthought.
Sunday the Raptors entertain the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre before heading to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks. New York was the opponent on Friday as Toronto rolled to a comfortable 107-84 triumph. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each dropped in 22 points for the hosts with the latter also dishing out 10 assists for the double-double.
The Celtics are 999/1 to win the NBA Championship and the Raptors are priced at 4999/1.
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