Rozier III Goes Off For A Triple-Double In Celtics 103-73 Romping Of The Knicks
Six members of the Boston Celtics scored in double-double digits in a 103-73 win over the New York Knicks tonight at the TD Garden.
With the win, the C’s have now won back-to-back games since falling to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
Early in the day the Celtics announced that the team would be without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving (right quad contusion). And then Shane Larkin (right knee soreness) was a game-time decision and eventually missed the game.
Since Irving was out, Terry Rozier III got his first career start and ended up messing around and getting a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
First career start, first career triple-double. Have a night, Terry! pic.twitter.com/7xvzs4CuDU— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 1, 2018
According to Elias Sports, Rozier III is the first NBA player to record a triple-double in his first career start since Tony Wroten on November 13, 2013.
The C’s jumped out to a 27-24 lead to close out the first quarter.
Check out this SLAM-BAM from Jaylen Brown in the second:
It appeared to be a struggle for the C’s to knock down free throws in the first, but they eventually got it together down the stretch of the second quarter.
The Celtics led the Knicks by as much as seven points in the first half, as they took a 50-45 into halftime.
After committing one to many mistakes in the first half, the C’s came out of the half real hot, as they pulled away with a 31-point quarter, leading to a 81-65 lead.
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During the third, Marcus Morris hit the parquet floor wicked hard and had to leave the game after dropping 20 off the bench.
With 9:33 to play in the game, the C’s bench was 5-for-5 from three, and ended up finishing the game 5-for-9.
But it wasn’t just the bench nailing shots from beyond the arc. Seven Celtics knocked down at least one from deep, with the team shooting 42 percent (11-26 3PT).
The Celtics out-scored the Knicks 22-8 in the fourth quarter, helping to propel them to a 103-73 win.
Morris led all scorers in the game with 20 points (6-9 FG) and five rebounds, plus a pair of assists and steals.
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Jaylen Brown and Al Horford each had 14 points. And Jayson Tatum had 15, with Abdel Nader dropping a dime off the bench. Enes Kanter led all Knicks with a double-double of his own with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
Oh and by the way…
Jaylen Brown POSTERIZED Kristaps Porzingis!
UP NEXT: The Celtics (37-15) will play the second of a three-game home-stand Friday night as they welcome the Atlanta Hawks (15-36) to the TD Garden. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m., with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com