C’s Overcome Sluggishness, Beat New York, 113-104

The Celtics did not make it easy on themselves, walking out of Madison Square Garden with their fourteenth win on the year against five loses. This one came at the expense of the 4-16 New York Knicks, who did not go down without a fight. Boston fell down by nine in the third quarter, thanks to taking poor care of the basketball and losing Marcus Smart to a “blow” to the abdomen.

The referees showed favoritism to the Knicks, giving them 37 free throws to Boston’s 22. Julius Randle and R.J Barrett lead the Knicks with 13 attempts at the charity stripe a piece.

In the nick of time the Celtics returned to how they usually win close ball games. Unselfishness, and out hustling their opponents. Out rebounding the Knicks on the offensive glass (16-8), accumulating more assists (25-15), and causing 14 turnovers.  

Midway in the fourth, the Celtics offense woke up. Once the human turnstile Enes Kanter was subbed out for the rookie Grant Williams, the Celtics went on a run to regain control and their defense tightened up. In the time Williams seen, he was a positive 17 in the box score. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for an awesome 58 points, anchoring Boston’s attack even when the team experienced droughts.

In place of Smart, Semi Ojeleye and the aforementioned Williams stepped up bigly. Randle and Bobby Portis were the biggest thorns in Boston’s sides, somewhat neutralized when Kanter was taken off the floor.

With this win the Celtics improve their win percentage at MSG to .721 since 2001. They will head home to face Jimmy Butler and the 13-5 Miami Heat this Wednesday. New York travels to Milwaukee to take on the top team in the east, the 17-3 Bucks tomorrow.

Author: sailboatstudios

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