DeAndre' Bembry #95 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics during the game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden on December 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Huerter scores 19 again but Hawks lose to Celtics

Rookie Kevin Huerter scored 19 points but the Hawks lost to the Celtics 129-108 Friday night in Boston.

Huerter tied his career high for points, which he set Wednesday night in a loss at Dallas.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in three quarters to lead the Celtics to their eighth straight victory.

John Collins had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost six of seven.

The Hawks had nine of their 24 turnovers in the first quarter.

Irving also had five assists, five rebounds and four steals. He scored 12 points in the first quarter and helped Boston race to a 23-5 lead. The Celtics topped 100 points with 2 minutes left in the third quarter.

Jayson Tatum had 22 points for Boston, Marcus Morris added 20, Gordon Hayward had 19 points and five assists, Daniel Theis scored 18 points and rookie Robert Williams III blocked five shots.

Atlanta regrouped in the second quarter and pulled to 49-45, but Boston pushed the lead back up to 11 at halftime and continued pulling away in the second half with an opening 13-2 run.

Tatum's three-point play with 2:04 left in the third pushed the Celtics over 100 points at 101-79. A technical on Bazemore after the call led to another free throw, followed by another T on Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce five seconds later. Boston led 108-82 after three and let its reserves take over in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks outscored Boston 37-25 in the second quarter to pull to 67-56 at halftime.

The Celtics’ Al Horford, a former Hawks star, missed his fourth straight game due to  an injured left knee.

The Hawks play at Brooklyn on Sunday.

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