Celtics' Kyrie Irving, Aware Of 'Masked Man' Craze, To Return Vs. Nets

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The Celtics, whose 13-2 record is the NBA's best, are on their longest win streak since winning 14 in a row in November and December of 2010, with the team record of 19 consecutive wins coming in November and December of 2008.

A masked Kyrie Irving scored 25 points as the Boston Celtics ran their winning streak to 13 games with a 109-102 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. They lost in the conference finals. He had a game-high 25 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in Tuesday's win, bringing his season averages to 20.6 points, 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds. "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". "In Cleveland, he was such a dominant force, but it was always going to be LeBron's team". He knew what he was doing when he chose to leave. "He don't need to get me a fruit basket, man", Irving said.

Boston is the first team in National Basketball Association history to secure 12 straight victories after losing the first two games of the season.

Rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and Jaylen Brown chipped in 14 for the Celtics, who are on their first 13-game winning streak since winning 14 straight from November 22 to December 22, 2010. "And now comes the whole media frenzy of 'Will the streak end?' and 'What's going to happen on Thursday when the Golden State Warriors come to Boston?' So I'm looking forward to all that hoopla".

Golden State has won four straight at Boston. The defending champions will test the Celtics in ways no other team can.

When it was over, Kyrie Irving shed the plastic mask and saluted some of the Boston Celtics fans chanting "MVP, MVP", as he walked off the court. "The difference with the black mask is that they're not getting the ball because I couldn't see outside of my eyesight". "That's something a competitor wants to be a part of". "They're well-coached, obviously. Brad (Stevens is) incredible". For us, we're trying to accomplish something bigger than ourselves and win a championship.

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