Despite a return from All-Star guard Kemba Walker, New York held Boston to a season-low in points in the Knicks vs Celtics. Julius Randle scored a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while RJ Barrett had 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 105-75 blowout victory. It was a perfect gift for Coach Thibodeau who celebrated his 63rd birthday.
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After losing five straight, many thought that this would be another New York loss in Knicks vs Celtics. Instead, the Knicks handed the best team in the Eastern Conference their worst loss of the season by blowing them out by 30 points. Jaylen Brown led Boston with 25 points and had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Kemba Walker made a return in Knicks vs Celtics
This was by far the biggest story heading into the game. Walker missed the first 11 games of the season with a left knee injury. However, he left in the third quarter with a rib injury. Jayson Tatum missed his second straight game after testing positive with COVID-19.
Strong start for New York
The Knicks led by 11 points in the first quarter and led 48-35 at halftime. However, the Knicks blew the game wide open in the third quarter by scoring the first 10 points of the second half to take a 58-35 lead. The Knicks shot 47.5% from the field as a team, which included 12-of-31 from the three-point range.
It was a strong game for both Randle and Barrett. All of Randle’s rebounds were on the defensive end. Barrett finished the game with a +32 while on the floor. The Knicks had the potential for four double-doubles altogether. Reggie Bullock had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Mitchell Robinson had nine points and seven rebounds.
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One glaring statistic has to be that the Celtics shot 7-of-46 from the three-point range. It was their worst shooting effort from three-point land all season. After trailing by as much as 18 points late in the third, the Celtics began launching three after three. It proves that desperation did not end in their favor.
Paint domination in Knicks vs Celtics
The Knicks finished the game outsourcing the Celtics in the paint 48 to 32. Randle, Barrett, and Robinson did whatever they wanted in the post and nobody could stop them. Tristan Thompson had a terrible game for Boston, finishing with just three points and six rebounds. We also can’t forget that monster dunk that Obi Toppin had either.
The lowest-scoring effort for Boston
The 35 points scored in the first half were a season-low for Boston. Their previous lowest-scoring game came on New Years Day. Not having Tatum certainly hurt the team, as he has not played since January 8th. Marcus Smart missed all seven of his shots from three-point territory.
The Knicks needed that win badly to pull to 6-8 on the season, while the Celtics fell to 8-4. The Knicks’ next take on the Magic Monday (today).