National Basketball Association wrap: Kyrie Irving hot as Celtics top Raptors in OT

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Losing three in a row is never good news.

Leonard played 43 minutes in the Raptors' overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Lowry was critical of himself following the team's loss to the Celtics on Friday, saying, "I've got to find a way to get a rhythm and get it back going". They could also be without C.J.

"The main thing is we're going to hold it until the very last shot so that nothing bad happens and they can't get a rebound and call a timeout", Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. Toronto fought all night in a back-and-forth battle which failed to see either team take control for anything more than a few minutes.

Butler, acquired on Monday from the Minnesota Timberwolves, got a warm welcome from Philly fans and made a quick impact as the hosts seized a 16-point lead in the first quarter. Even as the Raptors pushed their lead to double digits, Irving never stopped fighting back. A Toronto run from about midway through the second quarter until halftime, put the Raptors down just two heading into the break.

Toronto led by eight early in the fourth quarter and still had a 107-103 lead with 90 seconds left.

Kyrie Irving was unconscious in the fourth.


Only 10 players are now scoring more on a nightly basis and each player ahead of LaVine has been an All-Star at least once in their career.

In the first meeting between the Jazz and Celtics this season, Joe Ingles scored 27 points and added seven assists, former Celtic Jae Crowder posted 20 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench, Mitchell scored 21 and Gobert had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz.

The game came down to one possession.

Boston quickly cut its deficit to three but Jayson Tatum lost the ball trying to attack in transition and Kawhi Leonard raced the other way with a chance to stem the Celtics' momentum. He settled for a contested mid-range jumper.

It was the first time Irving has scored at least 40 points with 10 or more assists in a game.

The Celtics will look to extend their win streak to three against the Utah Jazz, who dispatched Boston on November 9 when the teams met in Salt Lake City.

It was a tough game for the Raptors as a whole, but how did they fare as individuals? "I don't want to say 'hopefully, ' but I think this test tonight will set a precedent going forward for us".

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