BOSTON — Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has a broken bone in his face and is doubtful for their next game.

The team called the fracture minor.

Irving left Friday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets in the first quarter after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face from teammate Aron Baynes. Irving was bleeding from the nose as he was escorted to the locker room.

Also Saturday, the Celtics said Al Horford probably would be able to return for Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

The Celtics have won 11 straight games, beating the Hornets on Friday night despite playing most of the game without Horford, Irving and Gordon Hayward.

Two nights after the sky appeared to be falling, and before Irving left Friday’s game, the Celtics received some good news on their injury issues.

The collective heart rate of Celtics Nation went up during Wednesday’s win over the Lakers when Jayson Tatum left in the second quarter because of a turned right ankle and was later put in a therapeutic walking boot. The rookie forward was back on the floor Friday, though, and helped big-time down the stretch, with six of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Perhaps the most curious aspect of the Celtics’ 11-game winning streak is the utter absence of practice time.

“It’s interesting. I think some players might echo this, some might argue it. But the less back-to-backs basically means it’s harder to practice, too,” said Stevens. “You don’t have that set day off and you don’t have sometimes those two days off in between games. You have more of this kind of every other day thing.

“So, you know, we try to do what we can with film, with individual work, with small group work, and walkthroughs,” he said. “But one of the things that we’ve gotta do is we’ve gotta play better than we did on Monday or Wednesday. And there’s a lot of technical things I think we can improve in.”


SPURS 133, BULLS 94: LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 10 rebounds and short-handed San Antonio won at home, setting a season-high in points despite missing a third of its roster.

Dejounte Murray added 17 points and Davis Bertans had 16 points in 18 minutes.

KNICKS 118, KINGS 91: Kristaps Porzingis returned after a one-game absence to score 34 points, Courtney Lee added 20, and New York beat Sacramento at home.

Porzingis missed a loss at Orlando on Wednesday night because of ankle and elbow injuries.

Enes Kanter had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks. Skal Labissiere scored 19 points, and Buddy Hield had 17 for the Kings.

WIZARDS 113, HAWKS 94: Bradley Beal scored 19 points, and host Washington forced Atlanta into a season-worst 24 turnovers.

Markieff Morris scored 18 points in his best offensive game since returning from sports hernia surgery earlier this month, and Kelly Oubre added 18 points off the bench in Washington’s second straight win.

PELICANS 111, CLIPPERS 103: DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds, and Anthony Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help host New Orleans beat Los Angeles.

ROCKETS 111, GRIZZLIES 96: James Harden scored 38 points to lead host Houston over Memphis.

After suffering two losses to Memphis in the first two weeks of the season, the Rockets finally solved their shooting woes against the Grizzlies.