When he will get going, it’s nearly unimaginable to cease Jayson Tatum.
The Knicks realized that once more on Monday night time at TD Garden.
Tatum scored 35 factors, together with 23 within the second half and 17 within the fourth quarter, because the Celtics celebrity continued his MVP-caliber begin to the season. He was the distinction because the Celtics, in a canine battle with the Knicks for a lot of the night time, pulled away for a 114-98 victory.
Jaylen Brown added 22 factors and Kristaps Porzingis had 21 for the Celtics, who received their third recreation in a row. The C’s, like within the season opener at Madison Square Garden, struggled to seek out separation in opposition to Jalen Brunson and the robust Knicks, however they relied on certainly one of their higher defensive efforts of the season to show the sport round.
The Celtics and Knicks traded haymakers for a lot of the first three quarters, neither budging earlier than the C’s lastly acquired some respiration room. The recreation was tied at 72 with 3:05 to go earlier than the Celtics went on a 12-4 run to shut the third quarter, which included Jrue Holiday’s 3-pointer with 9 seconds left within the interval to present the Celtics an eight-point lead.
The Celtics struggled to include the Knicks to 1 shot, however they turned up the strain defensively within the second half. Then Tatum took over. He accomplished a four-point play to place the Celtics up eight, and he hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 3:30 to play to place the sport away.
– The Celtics have been a step behind the Knicks for a majority of the primary half earlier than they lastly kicked it into gear over the ultimate 75 seconds of the second quarter to present them some momentum. The C’s went on a 9-2 run to finish the half, which started with a Porzingis hook shot earlier than Derrick White blocked a shot from Jalen Brunson that led to a transition dunk for Tatum. Another cease then led to a breakaway layup for Payton Pritchard. After Brunson hit a troublesome shot with eight seconds to go, Brown made a 3-pointer on the buzzer to chop Boston’s deficit to 1 at halftime.
– Sam Hauser’s sizzling November continued as he went 4-for-6 from 3-point vary, which included an enormous triple of their run to finish the third quarter. He’s now capturing 25-for-44 (56.8 %) from deep this month.
Hauser has continued to make an impression past hit capturing, too. He additionally pulled down 5 rebounds in 21 minutes, and held his personal defensively – which has been an early theme this season as he’s turn into a dependable possibility off the bench.
– Tatum’s post-up recreation continued to make a huge impact for him. Three of his first six makes of the sport have been from the publish, which included one play the place he bullied Josh Hart and imposed his physicality on him to get a straightforward bucket.
– In their first assembly of the season within the season opener, the Knicks dominated the offensive glass with 17 offensive boards that led to twenty second-chance factors. That theme continued Monday because the guests scored 10 early second-chance factors to construct a lead within the second quarter. But the C’s in the end cleaned it up, permitting simply 12 offensive boards for 14 second-chance factors within the recreation.