Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Irving leaves after taking teammate’s elbow to face

BOSTON — Jayson Tatum had 16 points, Shane Larkin added 16 off the bench and the Celtics overcame an injury to guard Kyrie Irving and a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Hornets 90-87 on Friday.

Terry Rozier finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, playing an increased role after Irving left the game in the first quarter after taking an elbow to the face.

The Celtics won their 11th game in a row. Charlotte has lost four straight.

Celtics center Aron Baynes inadvertently struck Irving with his elbow when Baynes was landing after a rebound attempt. Irving fell and was bleeding from the nose as he was escorted back to the locker room. Irving was ruled out for the rest of the game while he was monitored for possible concussion symptoms.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 20 points and 11 assists.

Irving’s injury is the latest stroke of bad luck for a Boston starter. Forward Al Horford missed his second straight game with a concussion. Gordon Hayward is out for the season after a leg injury on opening night.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Andre Drummond had 16 points, 20 rebounds and a career-high seven assists and Reggie Jackson made two 3-pointers in the final minute to lift the host Pistons to a 111-104 win over the Hawks. … Victor Oladipo scored 25 and the visiting Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 105-87 win over the Bulls.

ALL-STAR GAME RETURNING TO CHICAGO: Chicago will host the 2020 All-Star Game for the first time since 1988, when Michael Jordan took off from the free-throw line in an epic dunk contest and delivered an MVP performance in the game. For years, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf opposed hosting the game because of concerns about displacing season ticket holders. But with son Michael — the president and chief operating officer — assuming more authority and grandson Joey in favor, he relented.

THUNDER MEETS: The Thunder held a closed-door meeting late Thursday night after its fourth consecutive loss, 102-94 to the Nuggets. The Thunder blew an 18-point lead, shooting 38 percent in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City fell to 4-7 overall and completed an 0-3 road trip. "It was just good to get everything out on the table," Thunder forward Paul George said.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Warriors coach Steve Kerr remained optimistic that All-Star forward Kevin Durant will return against the Sixers today after nursing a thigh contusion.

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