Irving, Celtics glide by determined Hawks

Al Horford, Kyrie Irving and the Celtics won their ninth in a row.

Kyrie Irving has never looked so free, so relaxed, so effective to start a season.

A change of teams may have had something to do with that.

The latest example took place Monday night, when Irving scored 35 points and hit a key floater in the lane to lift the visiting Boston Celtics to a 110-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Irving also passed for nine assists, and the Celtics (9-2) have won nine straight.

“It’s a beautiful game when it’s played the right way,” Irving told reporters. “It’s not going to look good every possession, but you’ve got to be able to move onto the next play. I understand that better than most.”

Rookie Jayson Tatum added 21 points and eight rebounds, burying a crucial corner 3-pointer in the process. Al Horford tacked on 15 points, 10 boards and nine assists against his former team.

The Hawks (2-9) received a team-high 23 points from Dennis Schroder, and 19 from Marco Belinelli.