BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving credits Boston's defense for an offensive resurgence that has the Celtics riding the longest winning streak in the NBA.
Irving scored 24 points in just three quarters, then rested in the fourth as the Celtics finished off a 129-108 rout of Atlanta on Friday night for their eighth straight victory.
"We're just pushing the pace," said Irving, who also had five assists, five rebounds and four steals. "I think our identity is on the defensive end. We just try to pressure them and use that to our advantage and create opportunities on the offensive end."