By Nick Friar
The Celtics nearly let a 25-point lead slip away on Saturday, but Boston held fast in the fourth quarter, knocking off the Atlanta Hawks 129-120.
Boston has now won five of its last six contests, including back-to-back wins at home.
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Kyrie Irving finished an assist shy of a triple-double, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the win. He went 12 for 24 from the floor, 4 for 10 from deep, had a pair of blocked shots and a steal.
It would have been Irving’s second triple-double in as many games, third of his career. Against the Kings, Irving became the first Celtic to score 30 while posting a triple-double since Rajon Rondo did in 2012.
Kyrie Irving is the first Celtics player to record 30+ points and a triple-double in the same game since Rajon Rondo did so on Feb. 12, 2012 vs. CHI
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