Celtics edge Raptors in overtime battle of Eastern powers


The signs of simmering Kyrie Irving showed in the first quarter turned into cooking, and the Cs overall seemed better equipped to break through the Jazz defensive assignments (until they couldn't, which we'll get to shortly). "And then we just have, for whatever reason, moments in the game that turn into extended moments in the game when we're not", said Gordon Hayward, who was held to seven points against his former club.

What Went Wrong: Basically everything else, some of which wasn't within the Celtics' control (like Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio recovering from recent slumps of awfulness) but a whole lot that was.

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.

"Coach just wants us to go play hard for him, and he deserves that", Irving said.

After that performance, some figured Hayward would be under a minutes restriction, or even sit out for Saturday night's game. "We're still not there yet". Irving could not be stopped, shooting 18 of 26 from the floor to finish with 43 points.

Al Horford #42 and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics look on during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 25, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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The second night of a back-to-back didn't help, but the Celtics certainly can't blame that entirely for Saturday's 98-86 thumping at the hands of the Utah Jazz.

Back on October 19, Kawhi Leonard delivered 31 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Toronto's 113-101 home win over Boston. "It can't only be one or two guys doing the things we all have to do and be consistent with it".

The big man had been a shadow of himself during his year-and-change stint with the team, but new Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has managed to utilize him in a way that gets the most of his skill set.

Jazz: Led 50-45 at halftime despite going 4 for 11 from the foul line in the first half.

Jazz: Close out a five-game trip at the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Chicago was certainly on the receiving end of the brunt of the Raptors' anger on this night and were dealt a one-sided, 122-83 loss as Toronto snapped its losing skid while earning its most lopsided road victory in franchise history.