Irving, Celtics overpower Antetokounmpo
New York (AFP)
Kyrie Irving led the way with 32 points as the Boston Celtics overcame a virtuoso performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo in a 111-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
Antetokounmpo top-scored with 40 points but Boston edged clear thanks to Irving and Al Horford, who weighed in with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Celtics improved to 21-4.
Rookie Jayson Tatum added 17 -- including 14 in a first quarter hot streak -- while Aron Baynes also reached double digits with 10.
Irving made 13-of-24 from the floor, including 19 points in the second half.
Irving's haul included a decisive run of five points in a row as Boston led by seven with around 1min 30sec remaining.
The victory was Boston's 11th in their last 12 home games.
Meanwhile Greek star Antetokounmpo was left reflecting on a third straight 30-point game.
The 22-year-old small forward went 14-for-24 from the floor and also had nine rebounds, four assists and four turnovers.
Antetokounmpo was one of five Bucks players to reach double figures, with Khris Middleton adding 19, Eric Bledsoe 18, Nate Snell 11 and Malcolm Brogdon 10.
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