Tatum and Brown make the Knicks give up

The Boston Celtics led by Jaylen Brown, author of 30 points, and Jayson Tatum, who scored 26, beat the Knicks in New York 133-118 on Saturday night, in a game that the visitors won with ease.

The Celtics have won 6 games and lost 3 while the Knicks have won 4 losing 5 times.

Brown got 30 points (6 triples), 5 rebounds and 3 assists; Tatum had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and had 2 blocks; and Marcus Smart had a double double of 13 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists.

Three other Celtics players had more than 10 points: Sam Hauser (17), Malcom Brogdon (14) and Grant Williams (12).

Three of the Knicks players had more than 20 points: Julius Randle had 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists; RJ Barrett had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal; and Jalen Brunson posted a double double of 22 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists.

For the locals, Derrick Rose supported with 10 points and Isaiah Hartenstein with a double double of 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Injuries kept the Celtics from getting Al Horford, Danilo Gallinari and Robert Williams III, JD Davison and Mfiondu Kabengele. The Knicks had Trevor Keels, Quentin Grimes, Mitchell Robinson and Feron Hunt inactive.

The Celtics start dominating

Brown, Tatum (2), Smart and White made an explosive debut on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden with triple power bombs that put the score at 5-15 in three minutes.

Randle’s 3-pointer tied it at 15-all two minutes later and Celtics interim coach Joe Mazzulla called his charges in the first timeout of the game.

The second half of the first quarter continued to be played at a frenetic pace with several draws and changes in leadership to reach the second quarter with the light signaling 29-32.

The Celtics used nitroglycerin again at the beginning of the second segment and Hauser, with a three-point shot assisted by Tatum, scored the distance (29-41).

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Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau, known for not being a fan of changes, was perplexed as the Celtics played like a well-oiled machine and triples by Brown and Hauser kept the Boston advantage (39-53). He called time out.

Accurate defensive plays and baskets by Barrett, Brunson and Randle prevented the Celtics from escaping on the scoreboard and achieved a comeback (58-59) that Brown answered with two triples, to which Barrett responded with two triples and a mate ( 66-65). After a tackle from White, the first half ended 66-67.

The third quarter continued with frantic changes of leadership on the scoreboard when Tatum took control of the match and with a block, triple and assist to Brown, he again gave the visitors some advantage (74-80).

Malcolm Brogdon, honored today for receiving the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Respect for the work with his foundation facilitating access to drinking water in disadvantaged communities, triple and two, defended the Celtics’ advantage (80-87).

The Knicks stand up, but they can’t

Barrett, reaching his 24 points in the game, and a triple by Rose, put the Knicks face to face with the Celtics (88-89).

Brown, with 26 points in the game so far, and another triple by Brogdon, left the score at 96-101 at the end of the third quarter.

Triples by Smart and Noah Vonieh, both served by Tatum, increased the difference for the visitors (105-114) in the middle of the last segment.

Randle, reaching his 27 points, and a powerful kill from the German Hartenstein, prevented the Celtics from escaping too much in the last minutes of the game (114-119).

A fantasy tackle by Tatum and another that came as a fluke from Brown definitively decided the matchup for the Celtics with just under two minutes to go (116-128) and which, after a triple by Williams, ended 118-133.

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