New York Knicks get huge effort from bench in road upset win vs. Celtics (Highlights)
Jan 18, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) drives the ball against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) in the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks went into Boston on Wednesday as the underdog and pulled off a huge upset against the Celtics, 117-106.

  • New York Knicks 117 (19-24)
  • Boston Celtics 106 (26-16)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • TD Garden, Boston, Massachusets

The New York Knicks needed something to go their way. Any win would’ve been a good one, but a win against a championship contender who also happens to be a division rival is huge. After the recent controversy surrounding

With the recent controversy surrounding Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony and the absence of Kristaps Porzingis (sore Achilles), the odds of the Knicks winning on the road against the Boston Celtics seemed extremely slim.

New York came out and played their best game of the season behind an inspired effort from their bench and a huge scoring night from Rose. The former MVP’s 30 points were the most he’s logged as a Knick. He was efficient too, going 13-24 (.542) from the field.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas set another career high with 17 points, but it was the bench that pushed New York over the top. Every Knick reserve had a positive +/- rating. They received 47 percent (55) of their points from the bench while the Celtics bench netted them a measly 27.

Key Player

Willy Hernangomez stood out tonight for New York with 17 points on 8-13 shooting and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes. Hernangomez and fellow rookie Marshall Plumlee stole minutes from tonight’s starter at center Kyle O’Quinn who finished with only 10.

Key Stat

Opponents have been torching the Knicks from the beyond the arc during their tough losing stretch. Tonight they covered the three-point line well, and it was against one the league’s best units from outside. Boston made just 9-33 attempts from three-point range, good for 27.3 percent.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.