Down 18 -Celtics come back to shock Thunder

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But Irving, who scored a team-high 25 points with six assists, led a second-half charge that captured the Celtics their seventh-straight win.

Kyrie Irving was the star of the show as he took over in the second half and inspired the Celtics to the victory.

When the Boston Celtics started off the season with back-to-back losses, it turned off many people's idea of them having a shot to play in June.

With an average of 40.7 FanDuel points, Irving is projected for 26.5 points, 6.8 assists and 44.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,400 on Friday night.

The Thunder was notoriously clutch late in games last season, but in three games this season so far with the game within five points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, OKC is 0-3.

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Boston leads the league in points allowed at 93.8, is among the league leaders in opposing field goal percentage (43.1) and opposing 3-point percentage (32.1).

The Celtics rallied from 18 points down to top the Thunder by a score of 101-94.

After the Boston Celtics lost their first two games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Celtics had to take a step back and reexamine their team as a whole. "It's going to be how he responds to today's work". He would likely start again if Payton does not play.

"We're resilient, but this is a different animal (Sunday) night because Boston is playing as well as anybody in the league and they have arguably the best point guard in the NBA, " Magic coach Frank Vogel said.

"Elfrid looked good. He competed and you saw that his conditioning is a little behind - as to be expected - but he had a good practice, " Vogel noted. "We have two days before the next game against NY, so there's a line of thinking that, 'Even if he's ready, let's get him two more practices so we can fully put it behind him.' But we'll see how he feels (on Sunday)".

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He came into Friday's game shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range in his career against the Thunder, which is the best he has shot from 3-point range against any team.

"We battled", Irving said.

Both teams struggled out of the gate due to the hard-nosed defense that has become the calling card of both squads early in the season.

He was just 1-for-9 shooting in the first half, with his lone basket being a 3-pointer with 2:02 to play in the second quarter.

Horford finished with 20 points, 13 of which came in the decisive fourth quarter. He kinda stayed ahead of the curve with where the game was going. Since then, however, the Celtics have ripped off seven consecutive victories behind the brilliance of Irving (22.1 ppg., 5.7 apg. and 3.4 rpg.) and the steady leadership of head coach Brad Stevens.

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