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Biofreeze Keys to the Game: Celtics 116, Suns 109 (OT) | Boston Celtics

Biofreeze Keys to the Game: Celtics 116, Suns 109 (OT) | Boston Celtics

Kept giving up quick buckets. Irving had a hand in this play, too, hitting his open teammate with a wraparound pass out of a double team on the opposite side of the arc.

"The teams that make the most sense are Phoenix and Orlando, but neither team should be trading an asset to have a BETTER record this season".

Warren, starting for the first time since October 31, scored 14 first-quarter points as the Suns took advantage of Boston's shooting woes.

The Celtics trailed big throughout Thursday night's battle at Talking Stick Resort Arena, and found themselves facing a 14-point deficit with 3:30 left to play in the fourth quarter. Phoenix led 32-13 after 12 minutes. Fortunately for the Celtics, he turned that frustration on the Suns last night.

Consecutive baskets by Booker put the Suns in front 75-58 in the third quarter.

"It's great that we were able to rebound because you're going to have [a poor] half, but it's good to know that we got some of that stuff we looked like at times past year in that locker room", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

The Celtics trailed by as much as 22 points to one of the worst teams in the Western Conference, barely shot over 21 percent in the first half, and needed another talk about effort from their coach at halftime.

"That team in the second half, I know who that is", said Irving. The other four starters - Brown, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford and Tatum - missed all 15 of their shots. His defensive stops disrupted the Suns, while his shooting made all the difference for him and the rest of the Celtics. Booker has 146 points in his last three games against the Celtics, including the career-high 70 he scored in Boston on March 24, 2017. No title contender, having dropped the first two games of a long road trip, should need to rally back from 17 down over the final seven minutes of regulation against basement-dwelling opposition. They moving in the right direction, really good friends with (James) J-Jones, he's a flawless guy for the fit, for the job, and you know, hope they have good things down the road. Smart provided the assist. It will be an emotional night for Hayward, assuming he plays on the second night of a back-to-back, as he returns to Utah for the first time since he elected to sign with the Celtics in the summer of 2017.

Suns: At the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

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