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Kyrie Irving is the masked man again and 7 other things from Tuesday night

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Tuesday’s three-game slate did not disappoint.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After breaking a bone is his face last week, Kyrie Irving returned to the court on Tuesday night wearing a new face mask. He finished the night with 25 points, five assists, and some clutch plays down the stretch to keep the Nets from making a real comeback.

It wasn’t all pretty for Kyrie, though. He threw off his mask in disgust during the first half, only to have to put it right back on.

As for how Kyrie felt after the game?

The Celtics are on a 13-game winning streak

Yes, after that disastrous start to the season, the Celtics are actually right where everyone expected them to be. Tuesday night’s game was a group effort, with 21 points from Marcus Morris, 19 points from Jayson Tatum, and 17 points and 11 rebounds from Al Horford.

This steal from Kyrie that led to a Jaylen Brown-Jayson Tatum alley-oop made it feel like the present and future for the Celtics is quite bright.

That said, the Celtics play the Warriors on Thursday. We’ll see if the win streak holds up.

Jayson Tatum had a beautiful dunk and then a horribly missed layup

Here is the dunk. Good job, young fella!

And the oh-so-bad layup. Not so good.

The Hornets went to Smackdown Live on their off night

Dwight Howard is out here looking like his mom just said the pizza rolls were finished.

Dennis Smith Jr. is so, so good

It’s been a big week for Dennis Smith Jr., after LeBron spoke out saying the Knicks should have drafted him. On Tuesday he kept the hype doing, throwing down a huge dunk over Pau Gasol.

Our own Tim Cato wrote a great piece on the dangers of high-flying dunkers, especially Dennis Smith Jr.

James Harden scored 38, but the Rockets lost to the Raptors

Despite another great scoring night from James Harden, the Raptors were able to go into Houston and grab a solid road win. In what was probably the Raptors’ best win of the season so far, DeMar DeRozan finished with 27 points on 16 shots.

The Raptors also had a big night from rookie OG Anunoby, who finished with a career-high 16 points, two steals, and one block in his first ever NBA start.

James Harden also dressed as a highlighter

Demar DeRozan keeps giving ghost high-fives

Every time DeMar DeRozan shoots a technical free throw, he gives high fives to the air. Or to ghosts. I am not sure.

Tuesday night’s scores

Celtics 109, Nets 102 (Celtics Blog Recap, Nets Daily Recap)

Raptors 129, Rockets 113 (Raptors HQ Recap, The Dreamshake Recap)

Spurs 97, Mavericks 91 (Pounding the Rock Recap, Mavs Moneyball Recap)