AL Horford and Kyrie Irving took turns in taking over for the Boston Celtics to exact payback on the Milwaukee Bucks, 96-89, for their third straight win on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Horford scored 13 of his 27 points in the third quarter, before the Celtics reserves, led by Marcus Smart, unleashed a 9-0 run early in the fourth period to put Boston on top by 11.
The Bucks cut the gap down to five with over three minutes left, but Irving then took matters into his own hands, scoring a couple of huge baskets to keep Boston out of harm’s way.
Irving finished with 24 points while Jayson Tatum and Aron Baynes each scored 12 as the Celtics (3-2) avenged its home opener loss to the Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks (3-2) with 28 points to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists. Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 apiece, but Milwaukee saw its two-game win run snapped.