Kyrie Irving took charge in a fashion only he can.
Dribbling and weaving through the lane and around the perimeter, Irving scored from all over and kept his teammates involved all night.
"It's a beautiful game when it's played the right way," the four-time All-Star said. "It's not going to look good every possession, but you've got to be able to move onto the next play. I understand that better than most."
Irving scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum added 21 and the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 110-107 Monday night for their ninth straight victory.
Irving's three-pointer put the Celtics up 104-103 with 1:37 remaining, and Boston led the rest of the way.
Dennis Schroder had 23 points for the rebuilding Hawks, who dropped to 2-9 a night after a surprising two-point win at Cleveland.
"It would've been sweet to win two in a row against those kinds of teams," Schroder said. "But we ended up short."
Boston improved to 9-2, best in the NBA, and has its longest winning streak in seven years.
Al Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists against his former team.
Brooklyn 98, Phoenix 92: D'Angelo Russell had 23 points and nine assists, Joe Harris scored a season-high 18 points and the host Nets beat the Suns.
Golden State 97, Miami 80: Kevin Durant scored 21 points as the host Warriors beat the Heat despite Stephen Curry scoring only 16 points on 5-for-19 shooting and Klay Thompson 13 on 5-for-15 shooting.