The Knicks failed to repeat their victory against the Celtics two weeks ago as they got blown out Thursday night in Boston, 128-100. >> Box score
Things to know about Thursday night's game
1. After losing three of their last four games, the Knicks kept pace with the Celtics in the first half but were held to just 16 points in the fourth quarter as Boston slipped away from them.
2. Tim Hardaway Jr. shot 6-for-13 from three-point range with 22 points, tying Kyrie Irving for most on the night.
3. Al Horford had four blocks to go with his 18 points and game-high 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who won their fourth-straight game.
4. Enes Kanter (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Noah Vonleh (14 points, 10 rebounds) each put up a double-double for the Knicks. Courtney Lee followed up Monday's season debut with three points and two assists in 10:21 of playing time.
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The Frank Ntilikina benching continues, although it remains a mystery as to why he sits out yet again. The Knicks had the Celtics number last time they faced off in Boston, winning by double digits. They kept this game interesting, but the Celtics made big shots when they needed to hold off any Knicks rally, and ended up blowing them out in the 4th quarter. Boston moved the rock, found the open man, and weren't missing shots.
The story, though, continues to be David Fizdale sitting Ntilikina, who isn't hurt. How long will this benching go on for? The Knicks are rebuilding, so not sure this strategy of sitting him will pan out, but maybe it does?
We'll see if Fizdale plays him next game after sitting three games. I can't imagine this goes on any longer as the Knicks continue their losing ways.
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The Knicks host the Nets at Madison Square Garden Saturday at 7:30 p.m.