BOSTON – It was Thanksgiving Eve Miracle, and Celtics – not Knicks – were the turks for a change. David…
BOSTON – It was Thanksgiving Eve Miracle, and Celtics – not Knicks – were the turks for a change.
David Fizdale’s Baby Knicks grew up on Wednesday, making TD Garden a kitty of the holiday, hanging on to beat the formidable Celtics, 117-109, to break a six-game leaping stretch.
Perhaps maybe Kyrie Irving will keep his free-standing options open after all. It was a pitiful show for the charged Celtics (9-9), who have underperformed this season after being inadmissible Eastern Conference favorites.
The Knicks moved to 5-14 in the longest season’s most sought after victory, even though they came close to blowing everything after leading with 26 in the first half. Boston cut it to four by 1
:05 left after an Irving floater and a Gordon Hayward 3 pointer.
Boston continued rallying back, once and for all, Trey Burke, a bunch all night, draining one more 3 as a final dagger with 12 seconds left, putting Knicks up six to finish Boston’s cool comeback.
“It was a key. It was Trey, said coach David Fizdale.” He carried us home. “
Burke, after not playing for a stretch of three out of four games a month, arranged his fourth straight spectacular performance and scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half. He scored 4 out of 6 points and had 11 assists, performing Irving (22 points, 9-of-24, 13 assists).
Burke seemed to seal It’s a mid-range jumper with 49 seconds left, making it a six-point game. But Boston would not go.
Frank Ntilikina goes up for a EPA
Tim Hardaway Jr. I was cut off at midcourt and Jaylen Brown became hard on a quick blow with 34 seconds left, Celtics down four.
Brown picked up a technical after the game, but Hardaway encountered the technical free throw. Brown made 1-of-2 free throw and retained the deficit at three. The home crowd had pelted Celtics boos from the second quarter to the next. Boston fans did not seem so angry because of Bambino’s curse.
The Knicks held Boston a 39 percent shoot, because Celtic’s offensive has been surprisingly slow this season, on average only 105 points per 100 possessions – close to the league bottom.
Fighter Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (11 points) strikes back-to-back 3 pointers to make it 90-70 at 10:20 left. After Frank Ntilikina’s shirt at 9:50 putting Knicks up 21, Celtic’s fans released even more boos.
Knicks, who looked like an expansion team late, scored double digits the whole second half until the last two minutes, when Celtics made his fee. At a time out with 4:51 and Knicks up 15, the Cvesics fans turned towards the outputs.
After a slow start, Hardaway ransacked 21 points.
In a really fantastic first half, Knicks stood up with 26 halfway through the second period and bitten a 65-49 point pause.
Fizdale started the same smoke-free fivesome that gave Portland a razor-close combat Tuesday.
Celtics lowered the deficit to 10 three times in third, but could not get closer. Irving threw an edge-pass pass to Brown for the things to get them 79-69. Burke then committed an offensive foul off-press half-court defense, but Celtics fizzled.
Rookie Allonzo Trier gave Knicks a 15-point lead in fourth when he drilled a 3-pointer in the third quarter.
The Celtics were repeatedly raised in the second quarter when Knicks broke open the game with an explosion of a sizzling Burke, who looked 18th in the first half. He made 7-of-11 baskets, snuggled in midfields and buried jumper after jumper. He also talked to the hole for a pair of baskets, including a running bench shot where he knocked to court and still made the bucket while taking one and a foul.
A Noah Vonleh 3 pointer gave Knicks a 24-point lead, when Enes Edge scored inside, drawing the highest boos from a surly Celtic’s mob.