Knicks defeat NBA leaders, Boston Celtics 109-94, move fifth place
- Updated: February 28, 2023
The Knicks secured an impressing victory against the Celtics on Monday night, winning 109-94 at Madison Square Garden. The win marked the team’s sixth straight victory and helped them move up to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Julius Randle and Immanuel Quickley led the Knicks, both scoring 23 points each. Jalen Brunson also contributed with 17 points, while Mitchell Robinson had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Josh Hart also had a solid performance, contributing 12 points off the bench.
“I think we have a team that can make some noise. I think it’s a team that can make a run and surprise some people. We gotta continue building, but it’s something I’m extremely excited about, something that we all talk about a little bit. We want to keep pushing. We don’t want to make the playoffs. We want to make a run in the playoffs. I think that’s the biggest thing and I think we have the capability to do that.”
– Josh Hart
The Celtics played without Jaylen Brown due to personal reasons, which left a gap in their starting lineup.
Meanwhile, Jason Tatum struggled throughout the game and was ejected in the fourth quarter after picking up his second technical foul. Tatum finished the game with 14 points and 9 assists, while Marcus Smart added 19 points. Malcolm Brogdon led the Celtics with 22 points off the bench.
The home crowd at Madison Square Garden was in high spirits throughout the game, chanting “Boston sucks” as Tatum left the court.
The win also marked a significant shift in the Eastern Conference standings, as the Celtics had previously been the best team in the NBA before losing to the Knicks.
Overall, the Knicks played an excellent game and proved to be the better team on the night. The victory helps them keep their playoff hopes alive as the regular season nears its end.
The Knicks (36-27) will host the Brooklyn Nets (34-26) on Wednesday night from 7:30pm