Irving, Celtics survive late charge by Hawks in 129-120 win
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By celtics writer

BOSTON (AP) — What looked like an easy day for the Boston Celtics turned into a fight to the finish.

It’s something they’ve got to clean up heading into the postseason.

Kyrie Irving just missed his second straight triple-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Jaylen Brown scored 23 points with a key 3-pointer and the Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 129-120 Saturday after blowing a 25-point second-half lead.

“To be mature about having the lead, you’ve got to keep the pressure on them and keep playing smart basketball on both ends of the floor,” Irving said. “We didn’t do that.”

Marcus Morris had 19 points and Jayson Tatum scored 18 for Boston, which has won six of eight.

Trae Young led the Hawks with 26 points, John Collins scored 20 with 11 rebounds, Taurean Price had 17 points and Vince Carter scored 16.

Irving had his second career triple-double in a win over Sacramento on Thursday.

It could have been a costly victory for the Celtics after forward Gordon Hayward suffered a strained neck early in the game and didn’t return. Hayward banged his head into the shoulder of Atlanta’s John Collins, who was setting a screen, and looked dazed before he went to the locker...



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