Kyrie Irving drives Celtics over 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) runs into Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart and draws a foul by Smart during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

BOSTON – Kyrie Irving scored 36 points and the Boston Celtics held off the weary and short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 108-97 on Thursday night to improve the NBA’s best record to 19-4.

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