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Irving, Celtics beat skidding Kings for 6th straight
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BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown each scored 22 points in three quarters, and the Boston Celtics coasted past the skidding Sacramento Kings 113-86 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.
It was the Celtics’ 11th consecutive win over the Kings in Boston, dating to their last loss on Jan. 19, 2007. Terry Rozier added 12 points, and Daniel Theis had 10 points with 10 rebounds.
Buddy Hield scored 17 points and Zach Randolph 16 for the Kings, who lost their sixth in a row — the last three by an average of 24 points.
Boston led 58-45 at halftime and took complete control early in the third quarter, pushing it to 66-47 on Irving’s second 3-pointer in the opening two minutes.
Brown hit consecutive 3-pointers — 27 seconds apart — during a 17-2 run that made it 87-56 late in the third. Irving had seven points during the spree, including his third from beyond the arc in the quarter.
The Celtics led 89-60 after three.
Kings: They’ve been held to 100 points or fewer in four of their seven losses.
Celtics: F Marcus Morris, who has not played this season due to a sore left knee, worked “really hard” on Wednesday and the team expects to see him play “sooner than later,” coach Brad Stevens said. Morris is scheduled to go on the upcoming road trip.
Stevens talked about star Gordon Hayward’s progress from a gruesome broken left ankle suffered in the team’s opener at Cleveland.
“He’s going to be in a boot for however long,” the coach said. “It’s going to be a while before he’s allowed to put any weight on it.”
Stevens said Hayward is in “good spirits” and “has been doing his chair shooting every day.”
The injured forward has visited the team’s practice facility a few times.
Kings coach Dave Joerger talked about the need to stay positive before the game despite his team’s rough start.
“I try not to hit them over the head every timeout, being negative,” he said, breaking into a smile. “Very rarely have I lost it this season, which I think you can do twice a season — you can go temporarily insane.
“This is about where we’re going to be two years from now.
I have to look at it in a broader lens on a day-to-day basis.”
Kings: Complete a three-game road swing at Detroit on Saturday. Sacramento beat the Pistons in both meetings last season.
Celtics: Open a three-game trip at Oklahoma City on Friday. The Thunder won both games against Boston last season.