Kyrie Irving scores 23, leads Celtics past Knicks 113-99

05 February, 2019, 11:00 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
  • Report No notion Kyrie Irving will leave Celtics despite frustrations

Prior to Friday's game against the New York Knicks, amid the ongoing Anthony Davis hysteria, Irving was put through the gamut. Savvy Knicks fans are hip to that reality, of course, so they wasted no time in starting their courtship Friday night when, at one point, they started chanting "We Want Kyrie" at the All-Star point guard in the second half. So I'm always going to be mature about that, professional, come to do my job every single day, and really just see what happens.

And although he said at a Celtics fan event a year ago he meant to re-sign in Boston, that might be no guarantee.

The questioning of Irving comes in the wake of the Knicks clearing salary cap space with their blockbuster trade of Kristaps Porzingis yesterday to the Dallas Mavericks. "I was just happy to get it done with".

To be perfectly fair, Irving told Celtics reporters that Boston still leads said "free agency chase" that he chose to open himself just moments ago.

Irving said it became clear to him recently he wanted to re-sign with Boston and that he aspires to finish his career among the franchise's greats.

Meanwhile, the Knicks, at 10-40, now own the NBA's worst record and should be among the teams in the running to land Duke phenom Zion Williamson with the first pick in the draft. But this also made it a tough sell for another team to give up blue-chip prospects or draft picks for him without knowing how he'll look coming off a serious knee injury.

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It's been nearly exactly a year since Porzingis suffered a torn left ACL, and it still remains to be seen when or if he'll play this season.

Russell Westbrook got his fifth straight triple-double and 18th of the season, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists as the Thunder defeated the Heat for the sixth consecutive time.

Knicks: Coach David Fizdale said the new players had been in the arena Friday before the game.

The Rockets' James Harden scored 30 points to extend his streak to 25 games of scoring 30 or more points.

In other games, Kemba Walker scored 23 points, Marvin Williams hit two key three-pointers and Bismack Biyombo swatted away a pair of late shots as the Charlotte Hornets beat the depleted Memphis Grizzlies 100-92.

We also cover teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are how they could make a move before the deadline.

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