The Boston Celtics faced their toughest challenge yet during their impressive win streak on Thursday night, and it was a test that they passed on their home floor. Kyrie Irving overcame early struggles with the mask to score 11 of his 16 points without the mask in the fourth quarter of a 92-88 win over the Golden State Warriors. The win is their 14th in a row, improving their overall record to 14-2 after their tough 0-2 start. Irving sank two free throws in the final minutes of the game, sealing anther victory for the Celtics, who also moved to 7-1 on their home floor. Although, Jaylen Brown may have been the story of the night, as the second-year player was playing with a heavy heart after losing his best friend on Wednesday. The 21-year-old put up 22 points and seven rebounds and dedicated the big win and performance to his best friend. Brown is traveling back home to be with friends and family and will not play in the Celtics' next contest. the Celtics also snapped a seven-game win streak for the defending champs, who got 24 points from Kevin Durant in the loss. The Warriors did lead by as many as 17 on the night, but their stars struggled to score and put things away for good. Steph Curry shot just 3-of-14, including 2-of-9 from three-point range, for just nine points. The 11-4 Warriors continue their road trip when they face the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. The Celtics look to extend their win streak on in Atlanta against the lowly Hawks tomorrow night.
Brown, Steelers Pull Away From Titans on TNF
The Pittsburgh Steelers were involved in a close-knit affair on Thursday night, that was until the second half came around. Antonio Brown caught three touchdown passes on the night, as the Steelers pulled away for a 40-17 rout of the Tennessee Titans on their home field. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns for the now 8-2 Steelers, who improved their AFC North lead to 3.5 games over the Baltimore Ravens. Brown had 10 catches overall for 144 yards, as the Steelers scored 24 points in the second half make this game out of reach. Marcus Mariota helped those efforts on the Titans side of things, as he threw four interceptions in the loss. He did throw for a touchdown and run for another in the Titans' fourth loss of the year. They now sit a half game behind the Jacksonville Jaguars for the top spot in the AFC South Division. The Titans' deficit was just two as late as the third quarter following Rishard Matthews' 75-yard touchdown catch. The Steelers will be off until visiting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football on the 26th, while the Titans will visit the Indianapolis Colts.
Stanton, Altuve Take Home MVP Honors
The MVP Awards were given out in Major League Baseball on Thursday night, with both races coming up a little closer than expected. First, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton edged Cincinnati Reds first baseball Joey Votto for the award in the National League. Stanton ended up just two points ahead of Votto in what was the closes MVP race since 1979. The slugger is now the sixth player in MLB history to win the award while on a losing team, as the Marlins finished the year at 77-85. Stanton finished the year batting .281 with 168 hits, 59 home runs, and 132 RBIs. His home run total was the most in baseball since 2001 when Barry Bonds had 74 and Sammy Sosa had 64. Meanwhile, Altuve beat out Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees with 27 of 30 first-place votes. The second baseman finished with a .346 average, 204 hits, 24 home runs, and 81 RBIs. He also led his team to their first World Series title, which was good enough to beat the rookie Judge, who set a rookie record with 52 home runs. Despite both winning the MVP, Stanton and Altuve sit in completely different situations, with Altuve set with his championship, while Stanton remains centered in off-season trade rumors.