Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Knicks 102, Celtics 93 — No answer for … Michael Beasley?

(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

NEW YORK Everything you need to know about the Knicks’ 102-93 win over the Celtics in quickie form.

HEADLINES

Michael Beasley took over in the second half: The Celtics shook off an ugly shooting start in the first half to take a nine-point lead in the third quarter, but it was short-lived. Michael Beasley took command of the game from there scoring 28 of his season-high 32 points in the second half on a steady diet of midrange jumpers. The Celtics threw nearly every defender at the roster at him, but none could slow down the veteran journeyman.

Shorthanded Celtics don’t have horses to keep up: Without the services of Marcus Morris, Jaylen Brown or Shane Larkin, the Celtics were down to just 11 active healthy players on the roster on the second end of a back-to-back. Six of those players were rookies. On another night where the shots weren’t falling (35 percent in first half), the Celtics didn’t have the manpower to hang with the Knicks over a full 48 minutes and relied on too many subpar pieces on the bench.  

TURNING POINT