The Knicks led at the half, but things fell apart in the second half and the Celtics came away with a 118-95 win. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Saturday's game...
1) RJ Barrett's Madison Square Garden debut got off to a strong start. In the first half, the third overall pick led all players in scoring with 15 points, including 2-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc. Barrett finished his night with 26 points, seven assists, and three rebounds.
2) The Knicks had a poor defensive showing against the Nets on Friday, but they showed signs of improvement against the Celtics. In the first half, the Knicks limited Boston to just 16-of-49 shooting, including just 6-of-25 from three-point range. The Knicks took a five-point lead into the half, but the Celtics answered with a strong third quarter, outscoring New York 36-25. In the fourth quarter, the Celtics pushed their lead up to 14, Bronx-native Kemba Walker leading the attack. Walker finished the night with a game-high 32 points, and was 7-of-12 from three-point range.