Celtics win 13th consecutive

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But he described it like having foggy blinders, restricting his peripheral vision.

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. "The difference with the black mask is that they're not getting the ball because I couldn't see outside of my eyesight". "So that's that. Just wearing a mask for precautionary reasons". But he eventually relented and said that the mask makes things hard for him.

He missed Boston's 12th straight win on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors but returned with a protective mask over his face, shot 8-of-20 in 29 minutes and helped Boston finish off its latest win. The Celtics will now sit at 13-2, with the NBA's best record, when they take on the West-leading defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in a marquee nationally televised matchup between the league's best offense (Golden State, averaging a blistering 116.1 points per 100 possessions) and its No. 1 defense (Boston, allowing a minuscule 95.8 points-per-100).

Kyrie Irving shakes the hands of two members of the United States Armed Forces after giving them his game-worn sneakers and jersey.

Irving, who joined the Celtics in an off-season trade with Cleveland, wore a mask for 19 games with the Cavaliers in the 2012-13 season.

"They're really sound, and they're motivated", he said.

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

While Irving scored 25 points for the third time as a Celtic, four others reached double figures. Al Horford posted his fifth double-double with 17 points and 11 boards, and Brown totaled 14 points.

Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 19 points for the Celtics, who have the NBA's best record.

An inability to contain Irving down the stretch sent the Nets to a seventh loss in nine games since beating Cleveland on October 25.

Reserve Joe Harris led the Nets with 19 points while hitting five 3-pointers. "It just goes to show when you play against good teams, great teams, in fact, you can't just have little strings here and there". He got there in 835 away games, 41 fewer than Pat Riley. So I'm glad I get to wear a clear one.

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