Tatum, Brown lead Celtics’ rally past Knicks

Tanya Simon
December 3, 2019

The Boston Celtics could be without power guard Marcus Smart for the foreseeable after the 25-year-old took a direct shot to the abdomen while attempting to take a charge against the New York Knicks.

Instead, the Knicks have a worse record through 2019-20's first 19 games than 2018-19 of 4-15 to 5-14, respectively. The Celtics lost up to nine points in the third quarter. Clearly, that's not happening now, given where Knox and Trier stand, but if the Knicks walk out of this rigorous part of their schedule without a win, they could be 4-20 by December 11, before a battle of the worst records with Golden State.

The Celtics responded with an 8-1 run and pulled within 73-71 on Walker's 3-pointer with 5:16 left. Semi Ojeleye's 3-pointer tied the score at 95-95, Brown followed with a steal and layup, Tatum hit a free throw, and Walker and Tatum hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap the run. Brown's cube with 1:39 to play gave Boston its biggest advantage of the game, 110-99.

The score was tied 58-58 at halftime after a back-and-forth first two quarters.

Knox carried out with 11 parts and Damyean Dotson added 10 for the Knicks.

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Smart was then ruled out for the rest of the game, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston. The Knicks bask in no longer overwhelmed the Celtics since November 21, 2018, and bask in no longer defeated them at Madison Sq.

Along with the worse record, the Knicks, unlike last season, have let the veterans take control of the rotation. Sure, the difference is just one game, but when last season's roster featured a plethora of fringe National Basketball Association talents, it amplifies how poorly the first month-plus has been as December arrives. Only Randle has started all 20 games for the Knicks, who have featured 11 different starters thus far. Nine different Boston players have gotten at least one start.

With rookie RJ Barrett, 19, Kevin Knox [20], Frank Ntilikina [21] and Mitchell Robinson [21] considered the foundation of the franchise, the Knicks can certainly claim to be a team with many "kids" " on the list.

Jaylen Brown scored 28 points, including six straight for Boston in the final 2 1/2 minutes.

Knicks Injuries: Reggie Bullock: out (cervical disc herniation), Dennis Smith Jr.: day to day (left quadricep), Elfrid Payton: out (hamstring), Marcus Morris: day to day (neck).

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