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3. Kyrie Irving’s 47 help Celtics beat Mavs for 16th straight win
Boston Celtics earned their 16th win in a row Monday night when they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 110-102 in overtime. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 47 points on 16-of-22 shooting. Irving also dished out six assists.
The 47 points are the fourth-highest in a single regular-season game by the 25-year-old point guard, according to Basketball-Reference. The night Kyrie Irving scored 57 in 2015 he did it on 32 shots, which was remarkable. Last night he had 47 on just 22 shots. Kyrie Irving is the first Celtics player with 45+ points and 5+ assists since Paul Pierce in 2006.
During the post-game interview, Kyrie Irving said that they had to earn that game for a 16th-straight win. “He’s got every move imaginable,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said of Irving, via the team’s official Twitter account. “But on top of that, he’s one of the best shooters in the league.”
2. Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone suspended one game
Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone has been suspended one game without pay for entering the court, halting play and making contact with a game official. It was announced today by Kiki Vandeweghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 6:20 remaining in the second quarter of Denver’s 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 19 at Staples Center. Malone will serve his suspension tonight when the Nuggets face the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Arena. The NBA also rescinded the ejection fine given to Nuggets’ center Nikola Jokic, who properly received a technical foul for his actions but should not have been ejected from the game.
1. Nacho Monreal compares Arsenal teammate Alexis Sanchez to NBA star LeBron James
Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has talked up the influence of his team-mate, Alexis Sanchez, at the Emirates Stadium. He insisted he has a similar impact on his side to that of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James. That determination pulsed through Sanchez against Spurs, as he led the attacking charge time after time over the course of the 90 minutes.
“I think Alexis Sanchez is the LeBron James of the Premier League,” said Monreal, per Owen Fulda of the Daily Star. “He is one of the best players in the league and I have the opportunity to train with him every single morning. I know how competitive he is, a trait that he shares with King James himself.”