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Irving out but Horford back as Celtics continue win run

Sports | Nov 14, 2017
Al Horford scored a team-high 21 points on his return as the Boston Celtics hang on for their 12th successive NBA victory despite playing without Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics had to dig deep into their roster, as they have done throughout their winning streak, to defeat the Toronto Raptors 95-94.

Horford missed two games due to a concussion and his return was welcome news after all-star guard Irving suffered a facial fracture in last week's win over Charlotte when he was accidently struck in the mouth by a teammate.

Horford led five Celtics in double figures as Jaylen Brown scored 18 points, Terry Rozier 16, Marcus Smart 14 and rookie Jayson Tatum added 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Celtics are the first team in league history with a double-digit win streak while having over four rookies on their roster. Tatum is the most prominent of the six rookies, key to the team's early season success.

"It's unbelievable ... we are playing good teams too," Rozier said.

The Raptors had a chance to win the game in the final seconds as DeMar DeRozan went one-on-one with Brown but his shot at the buzzer clanged off the rim.

Elsewhere, James Harden had 26 points and 15 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 118-95 rout of the Indiana Pacers.


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