Irving crucial of Celtics’ implosion, D on Walker

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Kyrie Irving appeared to query Brad Stevens’ teaching technique after Kemba Walker scored 18 of his game-high 36 factors within the fourth quarter to rally Charlotte to a 124-117 victory over the Celtics.

The Hornets closed Saturday evening’s house sport on a 30-5 run that included all 18 of Walker’s fourth-quarter factors. The Hornets trailed 112-94 with eight minutes, 22 seconds remaining.

Asked afterward how laborious it’s to cease Walker when he is taking part in so properly, Irving mentioned, “It’s one-on-one, pride.”

“Down the stretch, try to come in and help as much as possible. We should have probably trapped him a little bit more, like every team does in the league,” Irving mentioned. “But we didn’t. Torches us every time we play him. So it’s no surprise.”

Walker had scored 43, 21 and 21 factors in opposition to the Celtics in three earlier conferences this season.

Boston suffered its third consecutive loss. Irving completed with a team-high 31 factors.

After the Celtics constructed their game-high 18-point lead, Charlotte scored on 12 of its ultimate 19 possessions to catch and go Boston. Walker scored his 18 fourth-quarter factors within the ultimate 7:43, together with two clinching free throws with 5.9 seconds left.

“Obviously, when you lose an 18-point lead, there is a lot of things that go wrong,” Stevens mentioned. “I thought they did a good job of chipping away at it. [And] we did everything that the book is written on to lose a game that you are up 18 at that point.”

Boston scored twice over its ultimate 20 offensive possessions.

“This game was over in the beginning of the fourth quarter,” Irving mentioned. “We took our foot off the gas pedal, got it to a five-point game and momentum shifted from there.”

It was Charlotte’s largest come-from-behind victory of the season and largest comeback in additional than a yr.


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