The Knicks used one efficient night from Julius Randle And Jalen Brunson along with late clutch free throws to survive the Boston Celtics 120-117 in overtime.
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– The Knicks started the night in scoring with a 3-pointer by Randle just two days after the lefty converted to eight three-pointers in Tuesday’s win over Cleveland. The Celtics duo of Jayson Tatum And Jaylen Brown proved to be a challenge early on as they scored Boston’s first 10 points.
The Knicks called a timeout after a Al Horford three-pointers from the right wing to extend Boston’s lead to 13-5. Boston started three-of-four from beyond the arc in the first four minutes of the game and finished the first frame by making half of its 12 attempts from deep.
Randle ramped up the offense with variety to start the game with multiple three-point field goals, a one-handed dunk off Horford, and a strong layup that ended on contact against Grant Williams. His versatility sparked a flurry of goals to return early for the Knicks.
Despite a very efficient start for Boston, New York’s 15-6 run narrowed the deficit to 28-22 after Tom Thibodeau called timeout.
A RJ Barrett dunk, his second transition shot of the quarter, left the Knicks down by eight, 34-26, after the first 12 minutes of the game.
Randle posted another impressive first quarter with 14 points while shooting 60% from the field to lead New York.
– After Barrett’s late quarter layup, New York stormed into the second quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 35-34 lead.
The teams proceeded to trade field goals over the next three minutes, which led to opportunities for New York. Emanuel Quickley he consistently opened up on the right wing and found chances to bring down three. The Knicks played complementary basketball opportunistically early, converting five Boston turnovers into 10 points to start the night. The Knicks continued the momentum with a 7-0 run in a timeout with 2:24 remaining in the first half capped by a Quentin Grimes crushed.
Despite outscoring the Celtics 32-26 in the second quarter, Boston finished on a 5-0 run to lead 60-58 at halftime. Quickley led New York with 15 points in the first half. After missing his first three shots, Brunson finished the first half with 14 points.
– Just as they did early in the second quarter, the Knicks scored the first four points of the third quarter. An offensive rebound and a featured dunk Jericho Sims followed by a triple by Barrett created New York’s largest lead yet at five, which extended to nine later in the quarter.
New York found an area to expose midway through the third quarter as the Knicks outscored the Celtics 38-24 on the court up to that point.
Randle also rallied in the third quarter, losing three ties after failing to score in the second and added a dunk with Tatum as his lead defenseman later in the quarter. Randle and Brunson went up 14 and 13 points respectively on the quarter to lead 91-85.
Ball movement and second chance possessions dominated the early part of the quarter as a Obi Toppin three-pointers extended the lead to a game-best 11 points in the first four minutes of the quarter.
The Stars gained the upper hand in the middle of the quarter as Randle and Tatum spent multiple possessions trading hits. After offensive errors throughout the second half, Boston went on a 14-4 run to cut New York’s lead to two.
A lack of ball movement in the final two minutes opened the door for a game-winning layup by Tatum. However, Boston failed to convert at the buzzer and overtime would be needed to break the deadlock.
-Derrick White he opened overtime with a 3-pointer on an offensive foul by Sims. New York left points on the board with missed open shots and more offensive rebounds from Boston, but the Celtics failed to capitalize. In transition, Brunson made the extra pass to Barrett for a go-ahead three-pointer with 28 seconds left. In response, Brown finished a drive through two defenders to reclaim the lead 117-116.
From then on, free throws decided the game. Off a foul by Robert Williams, Randle brought down both shots. Brown then went on to miss both free throws before Barrett iced the game with two successful free throws. On the final possession, Brunson blocked a last-ditch effort from Malcolm Brogdon to seal the 120-117 victory.
Randle led all scorers with 37 points and nine rebounds and Brunson added 29 points. Tatum led Boston with 35 points.
New York ousted the best team in the NBA and improved to 3-4 in overtime on the season, while holding the season series with Boston at one game apiece.
The Knicks cap off a two-game road trip Saturday with a trip across the East River to face the Brooklyn Nets. Tipoff is set for 5.30pm