When these two old rivals meet in the one-game play-in event, it’ll be classic.
The Celtics bounced back from a deficit in a defensive exchange of blows that ended in a Knicks heartbreak by seven points in the fourth quarter and scored a 101-99 win at TD Garden on Wednesday. Marcus Smart hit the game-winning 3-pointer by 35 seconds to break the tie.
Alec Burks missed a 3-pointer by 22 seconds and was then blocked while driving in the lane by 10 seconds to to make up for the loss.
If the season was over now, the Celtics and Knicks would meet in the new play-in tournament game No. 7 against 8 in the new format of the NBA to qualify for the actual playoffs. The Celtics are now in seventh place between 26 and 26. The Knicks fell to eighth place at 25:27 after losing five of their last six games.
This was a sucker, but the Knicks lost an 8:12 lead of seven points in the final than Smart that Completed comeback, caught an airball underneath it and put it home for a big bucket two minutes from time.
The defeat spoiled RJ Barrett, who made 6 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 29 points. However, Barrett also posted costly sales and lost his dribble in the left corner, resulting in a fast break layup by Jaylen Brown to put the Celtics 1:01 ahead at 93-90.
Barrett joined those Score with its fifth 3-hand, but it wasn’t enough. Julius Randle scored 22 points with nine rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Randle was cruel in the third quarter, sped in the transition to buckets and brought the Knicks to a lead of 73-70 in the closing stages.
Jayson Tatum scored 25 points and Brown added 32. Tatum didn’t play when the Knicks won by 30 points in Boston in January.
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