Kyrie Irving forces overtime, knocks down game-sealing 3-pointers in Celtics win over 76ers

Kyrie Irving led the Celtics to a win over the 76ers on Christmas Day.

The 26-year-old guard tallied a game-high 40 points in Boston’s 121-114 victory. He also made big plays in multiple critical moments of the matchup.

Boston was trailing by two with less than 30 seconds to play when Irving received the ball behind the 3-point line. He attacked Philadelphia forward Jimmy Butler off the dribble, penetrated into the middle of the lane and hit a fadeaway jumper, which tied the score and sent the game into overtime.

Irving then connected a 3-pointer with 2:01 remaining in the extra period to put the Celtics ahead by a point.

But, Irving wasn’t done. He knocked down another 3-pointer on Boston’s next possession to seal the win for his team.

Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris chipped in 23 points apiece for the Celtics. Philadelphia center Joel Embiid scored 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the losing effort.

The win moved Boston to 19-13 this season while the 76ers fell to 22-13.