NEW YORK CITY — The Boston Celtics (6-3) hit a franchise-record 27 3-pointers to defeat the New York Knicks (4-5) on the road Saturday 133-118.
Also, thanks to the twin stars Jaylen Brown’s 30 points and Jayson Tatum’s 26 points, the C’s put together a 2-game winning streak.
What makes the win more impressive for the C’s is that they were without big man Al Horford (non-COVID illness). But the C’s were still able to put up more than 30 points in each quarter as a team. They shot an astonishing 51% from deep.
“We got a really good team who can really shoot the ball,” Brown said. “When we give each other the correct spacing and we get going like we did tonight, a lot of shots can fall.”
Sam Hauser has been proving to be a much needed sharpshooter off the bench—he ended with 17 points and five three’s. Overall the bench of the Celtics were great even with a depleted roster to start the game with. Grant Williams finished with 12 points, Malcolm Brogdon with 14 points and Noah Vonleh with seven points.
The Celtics jumped out to an early lead but gave up that lead towards the end of the second quarter. Halftime the C’s were up 67-66.
Because Robert Williams is still out with his knee injury, the Celtics defense in the paint was abysmal. Therefore, Blake Griffin got the start and finished with seven points and only one rebound. With that, the Knicks were able to score 64 in the paints because of the lack of big man presence.
In the second half the Celtics outscored the Knicks by 14.
For New York, RJ Barret dropped 27 while Julius Randle finished with 29 points and nine rebounds. Jalen Brunson put up a double double with 22 points and 10 assists.
This coming a day after the C’s were able to get revenge on the Chicago Bulls Friday night 123-119.
The Celtics will head to Memphis to play the Grizzlies Monday where they’ll face the primetime guard Ja Morant.