On Thursday night, the NY Knicks overcame a 25-point, second-quarter DEFICIT after being scored by Evan Fournier with a career-high of 41 points, the Knicks had claimed it was their biggest comeback victory since the 26-point deficit on March 14, 2004 against Milwaukee.
The Celtics had bagged 36 points scored by Jayson Tatum. The Knicks inbounded after a timeout, and Barrett measured out the victory shot, though long-distanced.
“It was a tough shot, but every time I shoot I think it’s going in,” Barrett said. “Honestly, I didn’t even see it because I fell. I didn’t see it go in, but just by everyone else’s reaction I could tell. So that was cool.”
Julius Randle earned 22 points for Knicks, Immanuel Quickley earned 16, and Barrett 13. Dennis Schroder earned 20 points for Boston, and Jaylen Brown 16.The game changer had come for the Knicks Knicks in their very first last minutes, a good definition of don’t give up until it’s really over.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka had this to say “It wasn’t about the last play again. It was everything leading up to it,” “We need some leadership. Somebody that can calm us down and not get rattled when everything starts to go a little south. I think it snowballs between our guys.”
Schroder’s 3-pointer with a few minutes left in the first half gave the Celtics a 25-point cushion at 57-32. The quarter ended in an 8-0 run to pull to 63-47 by the Knicks. Consecutive 3-pointers by Barrett and Fournier brought the Knicks within 10 to resume the second half.
The Celtics re-established a 20-point lead, 81-61, on Schroder’s three-point play left with 5:33 in the third quarter. Fournier follows immediately with back-to-back 3s, and the Knicks 82-73 at 1:44 remaining on Quickley’s 3-point play.
With exactly 23 seconds left Randle’s driving layup brought the Knicks to 84-77 heading into the final quarter. Boston restored its glory to eight points, but Fournier’s settled at 96-96 with 4:04.
After Tatum’s three-point play, Quickley’s floater gave the Knicks a 103-101 lead place with 44 seconds left.
Schroder turned the ball over on Boston, and Barrett made one out of two free throws at 18 seconds remaining. Smart, also took two free throws with 15 seconds remaining and Randle secured one with 12 seconds left. Tatum made his jumper before Barrett finished it.
“Resilience. It was special for our team,” Randle had that to say. “We kept battling. We obviously didn’t want to get in a hole, but we found a way to win the game.”
Knicks — Ryan Arcidiacono was signed to a 10-day contract prior to the game, but is sidelined with a sprained left ankle.Get the Sports newsletter in your inbox.
SEASON IS STILL ON: Both teams have played 39 games this season, but none has appeared in every one. Fournier and Burks have each missed only one game for NY, while Smart has played in a team-leading 36 games for Boston. 13 Knicks have started at least one game, while the Celtics have had 11 starters.
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