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    Kyrie Irving stars as Boston Celtics run past San Antonio Spurs, 108-94

    Ever since entering the NBA, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has repeatedly made it clear he considers Gregg Popovich the league’s best coach. But he had never beaten Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs. 
    Until Monday night. 
    Kyrie Irving’s playmaking brilliance and another strong defensive performance lifted the Celtics to a 108-94 home win — the franchise’s first victory against San Antonio since Doc Rivers was the coach, the Big Three were the stars, and the Boston bench consisted of Glen Davis, Sasha Pavlovic, and Von Wafer, among others. 
    Irving’s one of the stars now, and he was fantastic during his best game with his new team. The guard finished with 24 points and six assists despite sitting for most of the fourth quarter. 
    With 28.9 seconds left in the second quarter, Irving drove at Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge, pivoted one way, turned the other, and banked an and-1 off the glass. It was basketball wizardry, the type of play that almost always stands out. But compared to the rest of Irving’s first half, the play fit right in. 
    The guard’s first two quarters were an all-around playmaking display. He batted an assist one way while looking the other. He broke down the Spurs defense with gorgeous dribbling maneuvers and made 7 of 10 shots, most of them of the difficult variety.
    Source: masslive.com