BOSTON – The Celtics are finally winning and do not lose their memories. Thursday night's game was a dicey challenge…
BOSTON – The Celtics are finally winning and do not lose their memories.
Thursday night’s game was a dicey challenge for David Fizdale’s baby Knicks, who made his TNT season debut two weeks after shocking Celtics on Thanksgiving Eve in Boston
“It’s definitely a game I remember, like a contestant, I can not wait to play, “said Kyrie Irving before the game.
There was no Thanksgiving magic this time for Knicks. This was a much more inspired Celtics group than last month that fell behind Knicks with 26 points in the first half on the way to a fantastic defeat.
On national television, Celtics became even in a 128-100 wire-to-wire win at TD Garden in a race that really only occurred in the fourth quarter of runaway.
“I’ve thought about them because we lost for them,” Irving said after putting out a team night 22 points and eight assists. “There are some teams we owe. I still remember some players from other teams asking what happens to us when we were 1
0-10. I want the same competition and just see where we get some games from here.”
The Celtics (14-10) won their fourth straight. Knicks, who played without 2017 first round, chose Frank Ntilikina who did not play for a third straight game, fell to 8-18.
Knicks gave up 30 points in each of the first three quarters. Asked about the defense, Fizdale said, “Terrible. We were Swiss Cheese.”
Frank Ntilikina (far to the left) – sitting on the bench with Emmanuel Mudiay and a injured Trey Burke – was benched for the third consecutive game. Charles Wenzelberg
Fizdale talked about that New York was an attractive free-throw goal and it’s never a bad idea to look good in front of free-agent-to-be Irving. But Knicks was without Trey Burke (knee) who carried them to last month’s victory here.
“I hate being at the other end of it, but he’s one of the guys I’d pay to see,” says Fizdale of Irving. “He’s just so hard to stand before you when he comes down from 27 feet and make it shot. “
Celtics blasted away to a l Edge of 6-0 and Irving scored nine points in the first five openings. 19659002] “We should have fun kicking people’s ass,” says Irving. “We really should.”
Knicks could not contain Boston in a 69-58 first half, but stayed at least within shouting distance of three quarters.
“You will not win in this league up 30 points in each quarter,” said Tim Hardaway Jr., who popped in 22 points, went 6-13 of the 3-point line.
Last year Burke Knicks took victory, but Thursday they had no off-the-bench spark.
“We were in it but ran out of gas,” said Burke, who has not ruled out a return for Sunday’s match against Charlotte. “They were hungry. They wanted this.”
Ntilikina was available and Fizdale suggested that he probably should have been punished by the Frenchman.
“I should have,” said Fizdale. “It’s not like he’s out. It will be a long season. Frank will have his opportunity. & # 39; & # 39;
Enes Edge continued to be an element of 14 points and 11 rebounds, but Knicks could not compete with Celtic’s 55.1 percent first half shot. Nor could they compete with a Celtics club that gave Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown off the bench. Jayson Tatum scored 17 points, Brown 21 and Al Horford made Celtics last 11 points in the first half and finished 19th.
Hardaway said he expected an all-out war and early in the second half, Boston Marcus Morris, an infamous dirty player, hit him on the back of his head when Hardaway came through a screen. He fell to the court and stayed for a minute. Morris issued a flagrant foul after a video review.
Shots 6-out of 22, Knicks were outscored 29-16 in the final season when their deficit became large.
“We were right there slugging away with them, and then in the fourth we could not just get the ball in the hole,” says Fizdale.