Irving is averaging 23.8 points, and the Celtics wish to retain him as fresh as possible going into the postseason.
Center Al Horford (sore left knee) and forwards Jayson Tatum (rear contusion) came back for Boston after missing time with injuries. Horford had 19 points in 27 minutes; Tatum had a team-high 21 in 3 4.
Irving played with his first six seasons with Cleveland. The six-time all star demanded a trade after a 2016-17 season and was dealt to Boston. He hasn’t played in Cleveland because the 2017-18 opener.