Jaylen Brown scores 21 off bench, Celtics crush Knicks 128-100 for fourth straight win

Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown is guarded by New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson during the first half at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
Jaylen Brown is guarded by New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson during the first half at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

The Boston Celtics won their fourth game in a row on Thursday night, again dominating offensively in a 128-100 victory over the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Jaylen Brown came off the bench and scored 21 points in 25 minutes, shooting 7-for-10 from the field after missing the previous three games with a tailbone injury. Thursday marked Brown's best scoring output of the season.

Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 22 points and eight assists, shooting 9-for-15. Gordon Hayward again came off the bench but followed up his 30-point effort last Saturday with just eight points, adding six rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes.

The C's outlasted New York in a scoring-heavy first quarter, taking a 38-30 lead heading into the start of the second. Boston steadily built a 15-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter, and pulled away with a 26-19 margin in the final frame. Brown scored eight points in the fourth to finish strong in perhaps his best game of the season so far.

There's still plenty of work to do for the 14-10 Celtics, despite their four-game winning streak. They remain six games behind the 21-5 Raptors for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics head out to Chicago next to take on the Bulls on Saturday.

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