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15 November 2017, 10:50 | Anna Jefferson
Kyrie Irving wore a black mask against the New York Knicks during the 2012 season
"When I have the mask on, I'm really dialed into what's in front of me, my peripherals are a little cut off, but it's just something you get used to".
"It's definitely an incredible streak we're on, and now comes the whole media frenzy of will the streak end, and what's going to happen on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors coming to Boston", Irving said.
And as Irving and his mates took the Celtics to their 13th straight win with a tight 109-102 finish against the Brooklyn Nets, the air filled with "MVP" chants from all those fans of the visiting team at the Barclays Center, notably when he made two trips to the free throw line in the last 1:48. "So I'm looking forward to all that hoopla".
"The way that they converted on us in transition after our mistakes tonight, you can't have that against Golden State".
In 13 starts this season, the four-time NBA All-Star is now averaging 20.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game in roughly 31 minutes of action per contest. Golden State is next at 11-3, and Boston got good preparation for the game against a persistent Brooklyn team. But he eventually relented and said that the mask makes things hard for him. He fiddled with the mask frequently, but it didn't seem to affect his play much.
Boston then finally put it away with Jaylen Brown's alley-oop feed to Tatum before Irving hit two free throws to make it 106-96. Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert added 15 points apiece.
He missed Boston's 12th straight win on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors but returned with a protective mask over his face, shot 8-of-20 in 29 minutes and helped Boston finish off its latest win.
He did so wearing a clear mask to protect his face, which contrasted the black one he wore when he scored 41 points as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a victory over the New York Knicks in 2012.
"They turned up their defense and we couldn't handle it", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.
"We're just gelling together, and we're defending our (butts) off", Morris said.
At Houston, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points to lead six Raptors in double figures as the Canadian club downed the host Rockets 129-113, snapping Houston's six-game win streak.
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