Boston Celtics

Jan 8, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) drives to the basket between Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) and center Robert Williams III (44) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Kind of like the Knicks’ shooting on Saturday night.

After regurgitating a 25-point lead in an embarrassing Thursday night loss at Madison Square Garden, the Boston Celtics got some home cooking, clamped down on the New York Knicks, and got a 24-point win, 99-75.

Jaylen Brown posted his first career triple-double for Boston, tallying 22 points (on an efficient 9-of-15 from the field), 11 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists in the win.

Jayson Tatum rode shotgun for 19 points. Josh Richardson had 17 points, while Marcus Smart and Robert Williams led the defense with four steals and four swats, respectively.

The Knicks were paced by R.J. Barrett with 19 points on 7-for-21 shooting. Immanuel Quickley tossed in 18, with Julius Randle held to just 13 points (with a game-high 12 rebounds and an unfortunate six turnovers) on 6-of-19 from the field.

New York started hot from three-point land, drilling 7-of-12 triples in the opening quarter to take a 26-21 lead.

Boston trailed by ten early in the second, but they would outscore the Knicks 78-44 the rest of the way. The defense got things going: Richardson had an impressive rejection at the rim as part of a second quarter run (tossing in a couple of buckets as well), and the C’s climbed ahead by two at the half.

Smart began to wreak havoc on opposing ball-handlers in the third, with Grant Williams providing a big chase-down block as the Green ran away to a 32-point quarter.

Evan Fournier sat with a left thigh contusion after torching the Green for 41 points the other night. Kemba Walker and Nerlens Noel also sat. Payton Pritchard and Brodric Thomas missed the contest for Boston.

The Celtics improved to 19-21 with the win, while the Knicks fell to a matching 19-21 with the defeat.

The Indiana Pacers visit TD Garden Monday night for the first game of a home-and-home series. It’s a 7:30 p.m. tip on 105.7 WROR.

Sean Sylver can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Talk hoops with him on Twitter @TheSylverFox.