NBA wrap: Kyrie Irving leads Celtics to 16th straight win

Boston has now won 16 straight games after opening the season with two loses.

Kyrie Irving is the first Celtics player to score 45-plus points on 70 percent shooting since Larry Bird (Nov 10, 1989).   -  AFP

Trailing by 13 points in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Boston Celtics might finally pick up its third loss of the season. But Kyrie Irving was not having it.

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 47 points on 16-of-22 shooting to lead the Celtics to a 110-102 overtime win over the Mavericks. After two loses to start the season, Boston has now won 16 straight.

Efficient shooting had not been Irving's calling card early this season, but he caught fire Monday. He drilled 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, while providing most of the Celtics' offense. Irving is the first Celtics player to score 45-plus points on 70 percent shooting since Larry Bird (Nov 10, 1989).

The Celtics (16-2) currently has a convincing four-game lead in the Eastern Conference, but LeBron James and the Cavaliers are finally rolling, having won five straight games.

STUD OF THE NIGHT

Hornets center Dwight Howard dominated the Timberwolves by scoring 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting with 20 rebounds in a 118-102 win. It marked the 48th 20-20 game of his career.

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo scored 29 points with nine rebounds, seven steals and five assists in a 105-97 win over the Magic. Oladipo, acquired in the Paul George trade, has now scored 20-plus points in six out of his last seven games.

Sixers point guard Ben Simmons scored a career-high 27 points on 13-of-24 shooting with 10 rebounds and four steals in a 107-86 win over the Jazz. Simmons now has four straight double-doubles, and seven in his last nine games.

DUD OF THE NIGHT

The Pistons: Handed an opportunity to prove the tide was turning in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons was embarrassed 116-88 at home against the Cavaliers. Tobias Harris led the Pistons with just 11 points, as all five starters finished with at least a minus-19 rating.