Julius Randall and Ivan Fournier led the way for the Knicks, with Randall scoring 35 points and new Nike Fournier adding 32 – including a crucial three-pointer in the final minute of the second OT.
Although this was not enough to lead the Celtics to victory, Jaylen Brown scored a career-high 46 points – a franchise record for a season-opener.
Impressively, Brown’s performance came a day after completing a week-and-a-half of isolation after contracting Covid-19.
“I don’t know how I did it,” Brown said, “I spent a lot of time in quarantine, wondering when I was going to be back there… I only had 24 hours to prepare.
“My breathing felt irregular but was fine for the most part. Finally, I could feel my heartbeat running through my chest.”
The Knicks had a considerable lead for the fourth quarter, but Marcus Smart’s buzzer-beater forced the game into overtime.
With a score of 128–128, the game went into a second overtime when Fournier gave the Knicks the lead with a three-pointer against his former team before Derrick Rose completed the win.
“The good thing is that at the end of the day, we got the win,” said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau.
“We know we have a lot of work to do, people step in at the end, plays. They’re a load to deal with… but overall, there’s some real good stuff.”
As the NBA season gets underway, the Knicks next play the Orlando Magic while the Celtics go up against the Toronto Raptors.
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