Celtics

Final: Celtics 113, Knicks 104 — Tatum, defense rally C’s in fourth quarter

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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 7 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.

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 defense by 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.

The Celtics now return to Boston for two days of rest before facing off with a red-hot Heat squad at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.

First Half Notes