Celtics starters scored 13 points in first half of win over Suns

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Saying the Boston Celtics' start to the season has been less than ideal would be a small understatement.

In overtime, Boston outscored the Suns 16-9 to win the game 116-109.

Sure, it was against a rebuilding team that ranks last in the National Basketball Association in point differential, but there's something to be said about recovering from a bad start to post a thrilling road win. "Miscommunications on defence. A little bit of everything", Booker said.

Once the game hit overtime, Irving took over.

That team was the same Celtics squad that routinely overcame double-digit deficits during last year's 55-win campaign. "We had to make adjustments".

Boston got the lead down to 14 in the second, but a 3 from Booker gave the Suns a 48-26 advantage with 4:31 left in the half.

In a game in which Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford combined for 19 points on 7-of-22 shooting, Irving dropped 39 points and six assists to save the night.

Celtics: The team's 13 points in the first quarter were a season low. The Suns have been the most aggressive in that regard, having started pursuing him even before firing general manager Ryan McDonough on October 8.

"I go from starting in the playoffs to coming off the bench". Last March, Rozier averaged 17.2 points over 33.4 minutes per game, and carried his impressive play over to the postseason, where he led Boston in minutes and led the team to within a game of the NBA Finals. A game after playing a season-low seven minutes, 2017 first-round draft pick Josh Jackson played only five.

Brown's first basket was a high-flying, one-handed dunk in transition at the 10:10 mark of the third quarter.

Celtics: At the Utah Jazz on Friday in their second set of back-to-back games this season.

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