Kyrie Irving had a season-high 43 points, scoring 17 in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter to force overtime and then making or recording an assist on every basket in the extra period Friday night to lead the Boston Celtics to a 123-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
The Boston Celtics bounced back from a hard road trip with a beatdown of the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night but now their sights are set on a revenge game against the Toronto Raptors, who outplayed the Celtics in the final minutes for a 113-101 victory on October 19th at Scotia Bank Arena.
Serge Ibaka scored 21 and Pascal Siakam had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost three straight since opening the season with 12 victories in their first 13 games.
Toronto led by eight early in the fourth quarter and still had a 107-103 lead with 90 seconds left.
The Raptors never got closer than three points after that. Hayward scored on a pass from Irving, then Irving rescued Tatum from a near-turnover and drive for the layup to give Boston a 113-109 lead.
Boston quickly seized control in overtime, in which they never trailed.
"We wanted to come out and be the aggressive team".
Late in the third quarter, Kyle Lowry got Tatum in the air with a fake and then tried to duck under him as the Celtics forward came over the top. "A great test for your team on both ends of the basketball floor, a great player in that other locker room, the competition and the level of play raises and you've just got to appreciate that". "I had my pull-up working".
Back in Boston, the Celtics hope to even the season series with a win Friday night at the TD Garden.
Irving was ably supported by Jayson Tatum, who produced 21 points, with 12 of those coming in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Butler, whose first game with the Sixers was Wednesday's loss at Orlando, also contributed seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.