Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks on Friday night at the TD Garden 104-102.

The Boston Celtics did not make it easy on themselves, but they escaped a heatedly contended game against the Knicks. Thanks to a last-second shot from Jayson Tatum to give Boston 104 to New York’s 102. Tatum notched 24 points off 17 shots, converting on 4 of his 8 long range attempts. JT is looking more and more comfortable in a bigger role.

Speaking of comfortable, Kemba Walker was more than willing to step up when needed the most. Walker connected for 33 points on just 19 shots, to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Kemba and Marcus Smart played supremely well together. Hustling, crashing the boards and eagerly fighting through the screens set by the lager sized Knicks.

The parts where the Boston Celtics didn’t do so well are areas they usually excel in. Boston turned it over 14 times, to New York’s 13, and was decisively bested on the defensive glass, ceding 16 rebounds and grabbing a lowly 3.

To add to that, returning Celtic Marcus Morris was obviously inspired to show out against his former team whom he spent two-seasons with. Morris dragged New York within striking distance, scoring 29 points, even nailing the tying three-pointer with blood trickling down his head after a collision with Gordon Hayward (13 points).

The Boston Celtics withstood the punches by converting on 27 of their 29 free throws. In their last possession, Smart in-bounded to Tatum on the right side. Draped by rookie R.J Barrett, Tatum dribbled backwards to create separation and let loose the go-ahead score.

Boston advances to 4-1 for the first time in nine seasons. Their next game is on November 5th at Cleveland. New York falls to 1-4. They will head home to take on the Sacramento Kings.

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