The New York Knicks secured their 4th away of the season having led by Julius Randle and RJ Barrett scoring double-doubles for the team. The Knicks hammered the Boston Celtics with a 30-point victory. With Celtics’ marquee shooter Kemba Walker making his season debut for the team after missing on 11 games due to left knee injury. Jaylen Brown led the charge for the home team scoring 25 points. After winning 5 consecutive games, this was a big blowout for the Celtics.
Talking about Kemba Walker, he scored 9 points in 20 minutes for Boston. He took a devastating knock onto his ribs via Nerlens Noel, which surely knocked the wind out of him in the third quarter. After that particular incident, Walker did not return onto the court. The Knicks bench clearly outscored the Celtics bench. The Knicks had a 38-25 edge in bench scoring, led by Immanuel Quickley’s 17 points and eight assists.
New York Knicks beat Celtics to spoil Kemba Walkers’ season debut
“I don’t believe that’s who this team is,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We had a clunker. You try to have as few of those as you can. We just looked like we were in mud today.”
“They’ve played extremely well short-handed, and dealing with a lot of tough stuff with guys being out,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Sometimes when you get guys back, there’s another adjustment you have to go through. Getting Kemba back, there was an adjustment for them.”
“It felt really good to be out there. Really good. I almost forgot how it felt,” Walker said. “Free, which I haven’t been for a very, very, very long time. It feels weird not having pain, if that makes sense.”