Kyrie Irving scored 25 points as the NBA’s newest masked man, and while he doesn’t care for the mask, he loved the outcome of the game.
Final score: Boston Celtics 109, host Brooklyn Nets 102 on Tuesday night.
It was the 13th straight win for the Celtics — who put that streak on the line Thursday against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
“It’s definitely an incredible streak we’re on, and now comes the whole media frenzy of will the streak end, and what’s going to happen on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors coming to Boston,” Irving told reporters. “So I’m looking forward to all that hoopla.”
Irving suffered a facial fracture after taking an inadvertent elbow from teammate Aron Baynes. Irving is expected to wear the mask for about two weeks.
All five Celtics starters reached double-figures in scoring, with Marcus Morris adding 21 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Jayson Tatum scoring 19.
Joe Harris led the Nets with 19 points, and Caris LeVert and Allen Crabbe had 15 apiece.
“The way that (the Nets) converted on us in transition after our mistakes tonight, you can’t have that against Golden State. You just get blown out of the gym,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told the media. “We just have to play really solid on both ends and do what we do as well as we can and see where we stand.”