The Boston Celtics eased past the New York Knicks to extend their winning streak in the NBA.

Celtics having fun again after fourth win in a row

The Boston Celtics are back to having fun again after their fourth win in a row, a 128-100 victory over the New York Knicks in the NBA on Thursday.

Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 22 points and spoke after the game about the reason for Boston's recent success.

"I think the important thing to take [off] our shoulders early on was just how much of the fun we weren't having. It just wasn't fun," Irving said, via "I know certain guys would probably be fearful to talk about it, but it goes on in every NBA locker room."

Boston have won five of their last six games and matched a season-high by moving to four games over .500 at 14-10. Irving said the Celtics have heard the criticism about the team's slow start from around the NBA.

"I still remember certain players on other teams asking us what was going on with us when we were 10-10," Irving said.

The Celtics have victories over the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans during their winning streak and have a chance to really go on a run with three of their next four games against teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

So over the next few games, Boston have a lot of chances to have more fun, which is exactly what Irving wants his team to do.


Brilliant Brown

Celtics wing Jaylen Brown made his first appearance of the year off the bench and promptly scored 21 points on seven-of-10 shooting.

Crawford crumbles

Suns guard Jamal Crawford went 0-of-seven shooting, 0 for three from three-point range and the team were minus-25 with him on the court in a 108-86 loss to the Trail Blazers.


Marvellous Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell seemingly does something special for the Utah Jazz every single game.

Thursday's results

Boston Celtics 128-100 New York Knicks
Portland Trail Blazers 108-86 Phoenix Suns
Utah Jazz 118-91 Houston Rockets


Warriors at Bucks

The Bucks (16-7) demolished the Warriors (17-9) the last time these two teams played. Stephen Curry got hurt in that game, which set off a chain reaction putting the Warriors into the roughest stretch of Steve Kerr's coaching career (by his own admission). But Curry is back from injury and looking like an MVP again. However, so is Giannis Antetokounmpo.

JR Smith suspended by Cavs

JR Smith suspended by Cavs for detrimental conduct

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced JR Smith's one-game ban two hours before Thursday's NBA clash against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sparks fly as 76ers beat Cavs

Sparks fly in final seconds of 76ers' win over Cavaliers

The Philadelphia 76ers impressed in a surprise victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.

James sends praise to Simmons

LeBron James sends praise to Sixers stars Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James heaped praise on Philadelphia 76ers duo Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid following Thursday's clash.

Curry leaves game due to injury

Stephen Curry leaves game after tweaking ankle

Stephen Curry was defending a drive to the basket when he jumped and came down on Golden State Warriors team-mate Zaza Pachulia's foot.

Rockets extend win streak to 15

Rockets extend win streak to 15 games

The Houston Rockets extended their winning streak in the NBA, beating the Boston Celtics.