Takeaways from Knicks' 105-75 win over Celtics, including gritty defensive outing

Scott Thompson
·2 min read
Richard Sherman hugs Robert Saleh
Richard Sherman hugs Robert Saleh

The Knicks pulled off an upset on the road, mauling the Boston Celtics, 105-75, to pick up their sixth win of the season.

Here are the takeaways from Sunday's game

1. The Knicks’ defense was electric in this game, totaling five blocks, 10 steals and holding the Celtics to a woeful 29.8 percent from the field. Jayson Tatum is still out, but holding guys like Kemba Walker (nine points, 3-13 shooting) is always a good thing.

2. Normally, we write these with Julius Randle as the team’s leading scorer in the 25+ points range. However, multiple Knicks found themselves in double digits on the stat sheet. Randle did lead the Knicks with 20 points, but RJ Barrett (19), Immanuel Quickley (17), and Obi Toppin (12) each contributed well.

3. Speaking of Randle, another double-double has come his way with 12 rebounds to go along with his point total. Barrett also tallied the double-double with 11 rebounds on his 19 points, too.

4. Fresh off his season-high in points (23 against the Cavaliers), Quickley caught fire in this game as well. He finished with 17 points on an efficient 7-of-12 from the field. He also had eight assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes of work. He’s had double-digit points in his last three games now.

5. Mitchell Robinson was a little banged up after blocking an attempted three-pointer from Walker in the first quarter. It was a terrific play, but while trying to secure the ball in the air, Walker ducked underneath a jumping Robinson who then landed hard on his hip. He remained in the game but had a noticeable limp throughout.

6. Jaylen Brown was the only Celtic to do anything for Boston, tallying 25 points on 9-of-20 shooting. The next-best Celtic in the points category was Marcus Smart with 10.

7. The Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.

What’s Next

The Knicks have an early day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, facing the Orlando Magic at 12 p.m.