(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Monday:
Celtics 110, Hawks 107
Kyrie Irving scored 13 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, and the Boston Celtics won their ninth in a row after two opening losses, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 110-107 on Monday night.
Irving made four 3-pointers and shot 14 of 22 overall while adding seven assists. Boston rookie Jason Tatum scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and former Atlanta forward Al Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Dennis Schroder scored 23 points for the Hawks. Dewayne Dedmon and Marco Belinelli each had 19 points, with Dedmon also grabbing 12 rebounds.
Warriors 97, Heat 80
Kevin Durant scored 21 points, Draymond Green had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Golden State overcame a slow start to defeat Miami.
Golden State won its fourth straight and beat Miami at Oracle Arena for the fourth consecutive time. The Warriors survived cold shooting (36.8 percent). Stephen Curry had 16 points but was 5 of 19 from the floor and 2 of 9 on 3-pointers.
James Johnson had 21 points for Miami, and Goran Dragic added 19.
Nets 98, Suns 92
D’Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Brooklyn earned its first road win of the season, beating Phoenix.
Joe Harris had 18 points, Allen Crabbe added 15 and DeMarre Carroll scored 14, including five in the final two minutes, for the Nets, who snapped a four-game losing streak overall and won for the first time in five tries on the road.
Phoenix’s TJ Warren finished with 20 points and Devin Booker had 18 before fouling out with 2:37 left. Mike James scored 16 points and Tyler Ulis had 11 for the Suns, who have lost three straight and fell to 4-4 under interim coach Jay Triano.