Kyrie Irving struck a reflective tone after finishing with 37 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in the Boston Celtics’ 99-91 win over the Indiana Pacers to take a 2-0 series lead.
“It’s pretty peaceful. I’m just happy to be able to be part of a lineage of great players that have put on some unbelievable performances here in the TD, as well as in the old Garden. But it felt good to be here in this position, playing in this arena. It’s just been a long journey having those two knee surgeries and watching the team last year. And finally getting a chance to lace them up for the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs? There’s nothing like it,” said Irving.
The Pacers were up 12 points with 11:20 left in the 4th quarter. With Irving on the bench, the Celtics responded with an 8-0 run. Irving came back into the game and scored 9 straight points.
“Kyrie was incredible in coming back, and when he gets on a run like that, he’s going to draw even more attention than he already draws, which is as much as anybody draws in the league. And so, in the last couple minutes of the game, he just made the right play,” said Brad Stevens.