FINAL: Boston:113 New York 99
As the Knicks were in shambles as a roster after the Porzingis deal, the Celtics did what we expected them to do and took them out. The Knicks did play well all things considered as Kevin Knox and Damyean Dotson had 21 and 22 points respectively. The Knicks hung around until late in the fourth and kudos to them for putting on a pretty good show. The deal gives them a chance to let their young guys play consistent big minutes as they figure out who they want long term.
The Celtics, on the other hand, put on a show of their own and were led as usual by Kyrie Irving. He had 23/6/10 as he heard cheers from the New York crowd. He was his usual self and everything the Celtics did started with him. He took control and he didn’t let the Knicks come back and the game stayed around a 10 point lead for most of the night.
Al Horford’s all around play was a factor as well, he had 14/9/4 and a block in 26 minutes of play. The fact that he’s been able to keep this up has been huge for this team and you can see his value in games like this. While his numbers don’t jump off of the stats sheet, he did a bit of everything and the team played great with him on the floor.
The turnovers told the story last night as the Celtics only had 7 while the Knicks had 17. The Celtics thrive off of turnovers and they turned them into fastbreaks and points. 6 different players on the Celtics had a steal and Jaylen had a game-high 4 steals. By shrinking the amount of possessions the Knicks got kept the game from getting close. While this one went chalk, it still was a solid win on the road and something to build upon.