Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Kyrie Irving Frustrated with Clear Mask Worn in Win vs. Nets

Kyrie Irving Frustrated with Clear Mask Worn in Win vs. Nets

The Celtics remained unbeaten since an 0-2 start heading into their showdown Thursday in Boston against the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors. "It's the difference in having something over your face".

"You just want to keep this thing as pretty as possible but, hey, it's getting tougher and tougher the more aggressive I play", said Irving, who pointed out that he probably won't be able to yell as much as he'd like.

"I did my absolute best not to cry in front of her", Irving said on Tuesday.

Irving has had to play in a mask before, and he's done it well. It's nearly like having somewhat foggy blinders on.

Irving was aware that social media was clamoring for a return of the black mask but playfully detailed why it was better to stick with a clear one to protect the facial fracture he suffered when a teammate elbowed him last week. When he missed a layup while being fouled on a late first-half drive, Irving angrily pried it off his face.

Rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and Jaylen Brown chipped in 14 for the Celtics, who are on their first 13-game winning streak since winning 14 straight from November 22 to December 22, 2010.

Jayson Tatum started alongside Marcus Morris on Tuesday and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 30 minutes. "But yeah, this was a good game for us".

"Just finding his way and doing what he does, making big plays for us, coming through and sealing the game", Horford said.

Joe Harris scored 19 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who are without leading scorer D'Angelo Russell because of a bruised left knee.

"They turned up their defense and we couldn't handle it", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.

In other National Basketball Association games Tuesday, DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129-113 victory over the Houston Rockets in Houston.

James Harden led Houston (11-4) with 38 points and 11 assists, going 19-of-19 from the free throw line.

DALLAS (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points in his hometown and San Antonio beat Dallas.

The Spurs, still playing without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, took a 34-31 lead with about eight minutes to go in the second quarter and managed to hold on the rest of the way. The Mavericks fell to 2-13.

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