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New York Knicks gritty comeback falls short vs. Boston Celtics (Highlights)

The New York Knicks gritty comeback falls short against the mighty Boston Celtics Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Robby Sabo

  • New York Knicks 101 (1-2)
  • Boston Celtics 103 (2-1)
  • NBA, East, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Just when you thought they were done, they came roaring back. Just when you thought they were dead, they rose from the ground.

The New York Knicks were gritty and pesky paired with a healthy dose of throwback toughness on Saturday night. They gave the mighty Boston Celtics everything they could handle but in the end, came up just a bit short, losing their second straight in as many days.

With 7.9 seconds to go in the game, the Knickerbockers had one final opportunity down three points. Trey Burke inbounded the ball with the five-second call coming. It was deflected into the backcourt prior to Burke recollecting and heaving a desperation three.

He was fouled. Only three successfully made free throws separated the Knicks and Celtics from overtime.

Burke missed the first. He then made the second and missed the third intentionally but to no avail. Those pesky, hard-fighting Knicks had fallen to the Celtics by the final of 103-101.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way once again. With a team-high 24 points on 8-of-21 from the floor, this night wasn’t Timmy’s greatest shooting performance. Enes Kanter, once again, came away with a double-double after pouring in 17 and collecting 15 boards.

Early on, everybody at MSG collectively held their breath as young Kevin Knox went down in a hurry.

We learned, after fearing the worst, that the X-rays came back negative. How long young Knox will be out with an ankle sprain remains to be seen.

Overall, the game was one giant “anything you can do, I can almost do as good.” Boston would build leads as large as the low double-digits and New York would fight its way back into the contest with quick bursts of energy.

After Boston led 31-18 after one quarter of play, New York outscored its opponent 30-19 in the second. It happened again midway through the fourth as the Knicks outscored the Celtics by five points.

Though he missed the crucial free throw, Burke was excellent all night long. He ran the show with great efficiency (nine assists) while especially helping along the second unit in that second quarter.

Noah Vonleh was huge in the contest. He scored seven while pulling down 13 boards in 22 minutes. Damyean Dotson also contributed with 10 points in 22 minutes. Allonzo Trier tallied 15 in 25 minutes.

For Boston, young Jayson Tatum led the way with 24 points, two of which came on a late dagger to put his team up by three. Kyrie Irving added 16 points and five assists in the box score.

Next up for the 1-2 New York Knicks will be the Bucks in Milwaukee on Monday night.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com