Brad Stevens rested his starters in the second half, and a lineup consisting of Demetrius Jackson, RJ Hunter, James Young, Jaylen Brown and Jordan Mickey preserved the lead in a 119-107 Celtics victory in New York.
Hunter had multiple strong takes at the rim and a big three-pointer to keep Boston in front throughout the fourth quarter. He finished with 17 points (6-of-8 from the floor) in only 15 minutes of action.
The Celtics led 59-50 at the break, with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks from Al Horford on 5-for-5 shooting (2-for-2 on threes). Avery Bradley scored 15 points in 17 first-half minutes, while going 7-of-9 from the field.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas paced the Knicks with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Carmelo Anthony scored 15 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
Oddities: Only one Celtics player grabbed more than three rebounds (Amir Johnson with six) and Boston got the W despite losing the battle of the boards 47-29. The C's made up for it with a .589 field-goal percentage (43-of-73).
Highlight of the Night
After having his pocket picked by former Florida teammate Joakim Noah, Horford chased down Kristaps Porzingis for a huge block:
Horford denies Porzingis an easy bucket! pic.twitter.com/34Fa7DurwY— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 16, 2016
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