JT Comes Alive Late to Carry Celtics to 3rd Straight Win
After a low-scoring slugfest in the first half Monday night at TD Garden, the Boston Celtics were able to pull away from the Knicks late to secure a 114-98 victory. The win takes the Celtics to 8-2 on the season, which includes a perfect 5-0 record at home.
Jayson Tatum led the way for Boston, scoring an efficient 35 points while also recording 7 assists and 6 rebounds. After the Knicks pulled within 3 with 8:20 left to play, Tatum quickly responded with a huge 4-point play to put Boston back up 7. JT ended up with 17 in the quarter, completely dominating down the stretch.
Boston also got outstanding contributions from Jaylen Brown (22 PTS, 6 AST), Kristaps Porzingis (21 PTS, 6 REB), Sam Hauser (12 PTS, 4/6 3PT), and Jrue Holiday (14 PTS, 7 REB). Congrats to Jrue on scoring his 15,000th point tonight; here's to many more as a Celtic!
Tonight was a grind-it-out win for the Celtics, which was good to see this early in the season. In a game where the offense was stagnant for long stretches in the 1st half, they stayed patient and got it going when it mattered. In an 82-game season, great teams find different ways to win.
Boston is now 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, 1/2 a game behind Philadelphia for the top spot. Sitting at 8-2, the Celtics are in a great spot after 10 games. The C's will be back in action Wednesday night in a huge early-season game in Philadelphia. Go Celtics!