The Celtics overrun the New York Knicks in Boston, 110-89
The Boston Celtics dominated the New York Knicks right from the jump in an impressive 110-89 victory at the TD Garden. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were the brightest spots for the Celtics. Tatum scored 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting (4 of 6 from three) combined with 4 rebounds along with a pair of blocks and 4 steals. On his birthday, Brown lead the Celtics with 23 points on 9 of 16 from the floor while Kyrie Irving chipped in 20 points and 7 assists.
Al Horford spent his night manhandling the Knicks big guys while recording a double-double with and efficient 11 points (5/8 shooting) and 13 rebounds. The starters carried the load on offense but Daniel Theis impressed as well off the bench. In his 21 minutes he tallied 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting while snatching 5 rebounds and a pair of blocks while he harassed the Knicks front court with his stout defense.
Kristaps Porzingis struggled mightily in Boston, shooting a measly 3 for 14 from the field for 12 points. Newly acquired Enes Kanter was outstanding for the Knicks, leading them in scoring with 16 points on 7 of 11 from the floor to go along with a game-high 19 rebounds, but his monster effort wasn't nearly enough to keep his team in the game.
Tatum fired up the highlight reel early, throwing back this gem to put the C's on the board with their first points of the game:
It was the young bucks who got the Celtics rolling in the 1st half, with Tatum and Brown combining for 30 points on 12 of 21 from the field. Jaylen was a man possessed scoring from inside and out on his way to 18 points before the break, putting together the best half of his career on the offensive end, and he was no slouch on D either:
For the Knicks, Kanter was the lone bright spot in the 1st half. He dominated the glass with a total of 17 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to keep them in the game as they trailed by 21 heading into the break (54-33, Celtics).
At halftime, the Knicks are only beating Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum 33-30.
More of the same in the 4th quarter, as the Celtics pushed their lead back over 20 early and never looked back. This was certainly the most complete win of the young season for the C's, as they dominated the Knicks on both ends of the floor. Tatum and Brown put up the best performances of their young careers, as they led the Celtics to an impressive win while providing perhaps a peek at what the future holds for the two budding stars.