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DeBrusk scores breakaway goal (0:33)
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Irving: Mask felt better tonight (0:21)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on return to mask: "Didn't see me take it off as much, so that's a positive. I could see just a little bit more of the crowd tonight; the eye holes were a little bit bigger. The basket looked a little bit better."

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Irving, Brown lead Celtics to 15th straight win (1:36)
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Kyrie hits the dagger from the corner (0:23)
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Boston College scores on pick-six (0:30)
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All five Hawks guard Kyrie in transition (0:24)
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Brown hits the deck after and-1 bucket (0:23)
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Tatum shows the hops with two nasty slams in the third quarter (0:38)
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Morris' dive into stands leads to Irving bucket (0:30)
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Brown banks it in off good ball movement (0:25)
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Tatum steals and slams (0:22)
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Irving finds Horford for 3-pointer (0:28)

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

It's official: The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will play in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on Jan. 1, 2019. We know many of you are irritated the Blackhawks are in another outdoor game. Get over it. The best Winter Classics are the ones where the venue is the star, and it would have been nonsensical to not have the Blackhawks in the Notre Dame game given their regional appeal. The venue should also produce an outdoor game local ratings bounce-back for Chicago: They were down 35 percent at St. Louis in 2017 when compared to 2015's game at Washington. The Blackhawks are still a national ratings driver. At this point, they're hockey's John Cena: widely popular, selling lots of merch and leaving smart fans frustrated that new talent isn't getting over. (Please wait your turn again, Nashville.) Although, unlike Cena, the Blackhawks don't always win, going 1-4 in outdoor games. If nothing else, be happy the Winter Classic is being played in a state without an NHL team, hopefully opening the door for games at Lambeau Field in Green Bay (featuring the Blackhawks) and Safeco Field in Seattle (also featuring the Blackhawks, probably). Also be happy you're not Jonathan Toews, having to answer the same questions about wind and sun glare and youth pond hockey for the sixth time since 2009, while stewing over the fact that two real points are on the line in a gimmick game.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

For the fifth time this season -- and third time in the last five games -- the Boston Celtics have dug themselves a 16-point hole. They've rallied back to win three of the previous four games and are within six at the intermission in Atlanta. Halftime: Hawks 50, Celtics 44.

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Kyrie drills deep 3 in transition (0:24)
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Irving denies Schroder's layup (0:18)

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he was able to glean anything from the way the Celtics beat Golden State on Thursday, Sixers coach Brett Brown said, "I'm always paying attention to the Celtics. There's toughness there." It's Boston's physicality that Brown believes is worth emulating against the Warriors' potent offense.

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Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Accompanied by a sizable police escort, the New England Patriots arrived at their team hotel in Mexico City at 4:50P CST.