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Stars, studs and duds: Brown the difference-maker in huge win vs Warriors

Stars, studs and duds: Brown the difference-maker in huge win vs Warriors

BOSTON – This was not one of Kyrie Irving’s better games. But to his credit, he did what the game’s best players do and that’s deliver when the game matters most. 

Irving scored seven of Boston’s last nine points which lifted them to a 92-88 victory over Golden State. 

CELTICS 92, WARRIORS 88

He finished with 16 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter with the bulk of those fourth quarter points – seven actually – coming from the free throw line.

“He got to the free throw line a lot. That’s it. He didn’t make no shots,” said Draymond Green. “He got to the free throw line. Whether they were fouls or not, that’s a whole other discussion. He got to the free throw line.”

And in doing so, gave the Celtics their best win of the season. 

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 92-88 win over Golden State to extend the Celtics’ winning streak to 14 in a row. 

STARS

Kyrie Irving:  The final numbers for Kyrie Irving – 16 points on 4-for-16 shooting – don’t look good. But Irving gave the Celtics just enough down the stretch for them to get the victory. 

Kevin Durant: The Warriors rarely lose, let alone lose on a night when Durant has an efficient game shooting the ball. He led all scorers with 24 points on 9-for-18 shooting along with three, rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. 

Jaylen Brown: Kyrie Irving’s late-game heroics aside, Brown was the difference-maker for Boston. He led the Celtics with 22 points along with being a spark defensively to some of the team’s biggest runs against the Warriors.

STUDS

Al Horford: One of the few Celtics who shot the ball well, Horford had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds which came on 7-for-11 shooting. 

DUDS

Marcus Smart: Smart missed all seven of his shots from the field and finished with just one point. Boston has continued to find ways to win, but it’s getting harder and harder to do so with Smart struggling so mightily from the field night-in and night-out. 

Golden State backcourt: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are arguably the best backcourt in the NBA, but you would not have known it by the way they shot the ball on Thursday night. The two all-stars tallied 22 points but did so on a horrific 8-for-32 shooting from the field.

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Get to know the newest Celtic, Walt Lemon Jr.

Get to know the newest Celtic, Walt Lemon Jr.

BOSTON – Walter Lemon Jr. has agreed to a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics, becoming the third player ever with such a designation for the Celtics.

He played four years at Bradley before taking his game overseas to play in Hungary, Istanbul, Greece, Germany and later returning to the United States to play for the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants of the Gatorade League.

But what do we really know about the newest member of the Celtics family?

Here’s a look at five facts about Lemon who, as a player with a two-way contract, will spend up to 45 days with the Celtics while the rest of his time will be spent with Boston’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws:

*Despite being 6-foot-3, Lemon Jr. is comfortable playing above the rim. That’s evident by him competing in Slam Dunk contests both in college (2014 and 2015) and in the G-League (2016).

*Finished his career at Bradley ranked among the school’s top-10 in scoring, assists, and steals.

*Best scoring game in the G-League last season was a 40-point outburst against the Maine Red Claws, the team he will be playing with most of this upcoming season.

*Became the first player in school history to be named the Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014.

*On July 26 he will turn 26 years old.

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Boston Celtics to play Charlotte Hornets in preseason game at Chapel Hill

Boston Celtics to play Charlotte Hornets in preseason game at Chapel Hill

The Celtics' preseason schedule has not yet been released, but the Charlotte Hornets announced a matchup with Boston in late September. 

The game will be held on The University of North Carolina's campus in the Dean E. Smith Center on September 28th. 

Boston played Charlotte twice in last year's preseason, where the Celtics won both games. 

It is not clear whether this game will be Boston's first chance to play with a fully healthy roster for the first time in nearly a year, but we are at least 74 days away from Celtics basketball again.

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