Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Celtics Storm Back For Road Win Over Thunder

Celtics Storm Back For Road Win Over Thunder

After struggling in the first half of the Celtics' primetime matchup in Oklahoma City against the Thunder, Irving came out in the second half determined to bring his team back - and that's exactly what he did. With the loss of Gordon Hayward in the opener, the team had to figure out how to win ball games without one of their top scoring options. He came out with great energy in the second half and set the tone for the game in the third quarter.

Through almost three weeks of the season, Irving's Celtics are riding a seven-game winning streak, and boast a league-best 7-2 record.

"They have a ton of ability to switch, especially when you talk about guys like Westbrook, (Paul) George and (Carmelo) Anthony", Stevens said, "but you go into (Andre) Roberson - who I think is a tremendous defender - (Jerami) Grant, who's a tremendous defender, (Steven) Adams, who's one of the better center defenders in the league". The need to slow Irving only intensifies Orlando's tricky situation at point guard. It showed that it was just a tale of two halves.

With 5:28 left in the first half, the #Thunder held 10 point lead over the Celtics.

The Thunder were coming off a 110-91 blowout at the Milwaukee Bucks, a competitive team but one that doesn't stand to finish as high in the East as the Celtics do.

Contrasted against the way he struggled in the first half, Irving was exceptional in sparking Boston's comeback.

Things looked dire for Orlando back on October 20 when Payton left with his injury and the team was beaten 126-121 by the Brooklyn Nets. The Duke product scored 13 points, including a personal 7-0 run in the second quarter to keep the Celtics within shouting distance. Irving missed the free throw, but collected the rebound and put the layup home to give the C's a six-point lead.

Behind Irving, the Celtics began to crack the Thunder's defense. However, the Magic showed off their grit the next night by making 17 3-pointers in a 114-93 throttling of LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

Al Horford scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while also hauling in eight rebounds.

OKC got within three after George drilled a trey, but Irving put the final dagger in the Thunder when he drove into the lane and finished at the rim with 14 seconds remaining. He kinda stayed ahead of the curve with where the game was going. "I thought we played an incredible first half".

Morris is expected to come off the bench and will be on a minutes restriction. "This will be a good game for me to come back, anyway". The Celtics took the little time they needed to accept their devastating loss, and now they are embracing every bit of talent that is still on the roster.

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