KYRIE Irving took over in the fourth quarter anew to cap a searing comeback as the Boston Celtics rallied past the Dallas Mavericks, 97-90, to roll to their fourth straight win on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
Irving scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Celtics rally and end the Mavericks two-game win run.
Trailing by 12 in the third quarter, the Celtics went on a 12-0 blast at the closing seconds of the period up to the early part of the fourth to take a 80-73 lead. But the Mavs fought back, tying the game at 81 on back-to-back triples from JJ Barea and Dirk Nowitzki.
Irving then started taking over, scoring seven points including a three-point play to put Boston up 92-85 with over two minutes to play. After Wes Matthews got the Mavs within six, Irving hit another basket and dished to Terry Rozier to get the lead up to 10, which took the fight out of Dallas for good.
Jayson Tatum and Al Horford each scored 17 for the Celtics (22-4), who were without Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris. Rozier added 12 points off the bench.
Harrison Barnes led Dallas (7-18) with 19 points, while Nowitzki chipped in 16 markers.