Boston Celtics set franchise record for 3 in 133-118 win over Knicks

Playing the second night in a row and without Al Horford, it looked like the Celtics would have a tough night against the Knicks, who entered the game as the league’s best rebounding team. They ended up having their best offensive game of the season, winning 133-118 behind 30 points from Jaylen Brown and 26 from Jayson Tatum.

The Celtics hit their first five 3s and took a 10-point lead as the Knicks missed their first five shots. Julius Randle responded by scoring 11 points in the opening six minutes and Derrick Rose added seven from the bench. Straight 3s from Sam Hauser (aka Sammy Smooth) and a 25-foot beating buzzer from Evan Fournier gave Boston a 32-29 lead after 12 minutes.

They opened the second quarter by scoring 9 of their first 10 possessions, taking a 14-point lead after Hauser (aka Sam Shuttlesworth) drilled a three down the right wing. The Knicks stopped the momentum by attacking the basket and getting 10 free throws. RJ Barrett’s three with 11 seconds left gave him 16 points in the second quarter and New York a one-point lead, but Derrick White converted at the last second and the Celtics led 67-66 at halftime. time.

Boston hit 13 3s in the first half and Jaylen Brown led the way with 21 points, but the Knicks’ eight turnovers and seven offensive rebounds kept the game close. Jaylen Brunson had 10 points and 7 assists while Jayson Tatum went scoreless in the second quarter after 8 points in the first frame.

Both teams remained sizzling on offense in the third quarter. Brunson scored or assisted on the Knicks’ first 14 points while Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon combined for 12 points and the Celtics held a slim lead. Hauser (aka “The Hausing Crisis”) drained his sixth three immediately after coming on at 4:13, then Brown splashed a three on the next possession.

Before the end of the quarter, Grant and Brogdon each converted deep, giving the Celtics 21 3 for three quarters, and they led 101-96 going into the final period. The Knicks stayed in the game scoring 48 points in the key.

The two teams finally decided to crack down on defense to start the 4th. Noah Vonleh had a strong offensive rebound off Isaiah Hartenstein, kicked him out at Brogdon, then got a second offensive plateau and converted on the backhand to give Boston a 108-101 lead. Minutes later, he hit a corner three, and after two free throws from Brown, the Celtics were leading 116-105 with six minutes remaining.

But the Knicks didn’t back down, responding with a turnover jumper from Barrett and back-to-back layups from Hartenstein and Randle. Tatum responded by hitting two 3s, setting a Celtics franchise record for 26 3s in a game. He was dominant in the 4th quarter, scoring 13 points and leading Boston to a 15-point victory.

The Celtics finished the game with 27/51 from deep. They had 30 assists and shot 53% from the field. Smart had 13 points and 11 assists, Brogdon added 14 points and 5 assists off the bench, while Hauser scored a career-high 17 points. Boston then travels to Memphis to face the Grizzlies at 7:00 a.m. Monday.

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