NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving had 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading the Boston Celtics over the New York Knicks 121-112 on Saturday for their second victory in two nights since the All-Star break.
Irving scored 15 points in a dazzling third quarter and then helped the Celtics finish it off with his passing in the fourth, highlighted by a behind-the-back dish to Jaylen Brown for a dunk that made it 115-106.
Brown had 24 points for the Celtics, who went into the break with three straight losses but came back with a victory in Detroit on Friday.
Trey Burke scored 26 points off the bench for the second straight game for the Knicks, but they couldn't win this one after beating Orlando on Thursday to end an eight-game skid. >> Read more
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The tank is back on. The Knicks played pretty well tonight at times, and played hard. The issue is they didn't play much defense. It was the Trey Burke show once again for the Knicks, who has looked explosive offensively since the All Star break. It's been refreshing watching Burke play big minutes and getting a chance to prove himself again after not getting to play much last year or this year.
Knicks fans can live with these results. They fought one of the best teams in the NBA hard tonight. Troy Williams shined with 14 points and a top 10 worthy left-handed follow-up dunk. Emmanuel Mudiay has been struggling making shots and still is yet to make a three. That will be something to monitor as he is likely the Knicks point guard this season and next season. Losses aren't an issue now for the Knicks. As long as they show a strong effort and see some growth from their youth, fans will be satisfied.
The Knicks will host the Warriors on Monday at 7:30 p.m.