It was supposed to be a cake walk. It was supposed to be the game that got the Celtics back on track. It was supposed to be an effortless home win on Thanksgiving Eve. But it wasn’t, as the Celts (9-9) lost to the Knicks 117-109 in front of a very ticked off crowd. A crowd which at points scattered their home team with boos.
Trey Burke hit a key three-pointer in the closing minute, to put New York up six, putting the nail in the coffin on a dreadful night on Causeway Street.
Burke, who finished with 29 points and 11 assists spent the evening looking like the hyped prospect that came out of the University of Michigan in the 2013 draft.
Tim Hardaway Jr (21 points) and Noah Vonleh (16 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks) helped lead the Knicks to the W. New York was the better team all night, something C’s coach Brad Stevens took note of:
Stevens: “It would have been a shame for the Celtics to win that game. The Knicks deserved to win. We gave ourselves a chance, but that’s all it was.”
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) November 22, 2018
The Celtics did battle back in his game, after being down 103-87 with 4:30 minutes to go. But the comeback was a little too late for a team that was down as many as 26 points in the game.
Boston was led by Kyrie Irving (22 points and 13 assists) who needed 25 shots and Marcus Morris (21 points and eight rebounds).
Gordon Hayward had a solid night (19 points and seven rebounds), but again fell into the habit of passing out to the three when driving to the open lane. Hayward who started of slow seemed to gain confidence as the game went on, hitting a three-pointer with 1:05 to cut the Knicks lead to four.
Unfortunately the effort was a little too late in a frustrating home loss.
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