Young guns help C’s surge in fourth quarter to victory: The Celtics have relied on their youth plenty over the past few seasons. They did it again after an ugly first 36 minutes, rallying with a 32-19 fourth quarter to get back on track with a 113-104 victory. Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and dished out a career-high seven assists while Jaylen Brown posted 28 points and 5 rebounds in the victory. Tatum and Brown combined for 21/41 FG and 9-of-21 shooting from 3-point range in what was a stellar performance from the young duo.
Kemba Walker also delivered a double-double (16 points, 10 assists) despite an off shooting night as the C’s improved to 14-5 on the season and handed the Knicks their fifth straight loss. While Tatum and Brown will get the headlines, it was the improved team defense thanks to a frontline of Semi Ojeleye and Grant Williams in the fourth quarter that helped contain the Knicks’ bigs and limit Julius Randle (26 points) late.