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Jaylen Brown explains how he was "inspired" to play despite death of best friend

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The Boston Celtics increased their winning streak to 14 after securing their best win of the season over the Golden State Warriors.

The C's overcame a 17-point deficit to capture an impressive 92-88 win as they showed why they currently have the best defence in the NBA by limiting the league's best offence to its lowest points total of the campaign.

Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 22 points for Boston and was the difference maker between the two teams as he produced a strong display.

But the youngster's participation was in serious doubt after he learned that his best friend, Trevin Steede, had tragically passed away just hours before the game.

Speaking after the encounter, the 21-year-old revealed how he wasn't certain to play the game and told head coach Brad Stevens that he wasn't in the right frame of mind.

However, a phone call from Steede's mother convinced Brown to play in memory of his friend and he credits her with giving him the inspiration to go out and put on a brilliant display.

"Everybody was kind of in shock. But I knew coming into today that he would have wanted me to play. It was hard getting my thoughts together, but after talking to his mom and his family, they inspired me to come out and play," Brown said, per ESPN.

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"I wasn't in any shape to come out. I didn't want to leave my room. But they inspired me to come out and play. And I came out and played in his spirit today. My teammates held me up and we pulled it out.

"A couple hours before [Thursday's game], I was talking to Brad, and I told Brad I didn't think I was going to be able to do it. I couldn't get my thoughts together, I couldn't gather myself.

"Then his mom called me and gave me a whole new inspiration. I kinda think that was the reason why I was able to come out and play and be controlled and poised."

The young guard later took to Twitter to post a tribute to his late friend. Following the win, teammate Kyrie Irving presented the game ball to Brown.

"Ky gave me the game ball and said, 'This one was for Trevin,' " Brown said. "That meant a lot to me."

Irving praised Brown for his strength of character and the way he was able to put his difficulties aside and perform at a high level.

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"I knew from the start of the game. I gave him some great words that was given to me. I've lost individuals in my life. It's never a good thing when someone else is going through it.

"You do your best to console and to encourage them, but at the end of the day, it's about the strength within themselves and he showed a lot of that tonight, to be able to go out there and perform the way he did, I knew exactly where the game ball was going to."

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