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Brad Stevens changed his lineup, and it paid off in a hurry.

The fivesome of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Evan Turner, Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger made their way onto the court Tuesday night in New York and lit up the Knicks. They came out of the gates by hitting their first five shots of the game, including two 3-pointers from new starting point guard Marcus Smart.

Boston led 14-2 less than four minutes into the game after hitting six of its first eight shots of the game. It led by double-digits for the majority of the night, with their lead only briefly dropping down to four points during the fourth quarter.

This is all thanks to the changes Stevens made before tip-off. Apparently, all the Celtics needed was a starting lineup shift. They finally put together a strong first quarter at both ends of the court and carried the momentum to the final buzzer for a 108-97 victory.

Key Player

Jared Sullinger wasn’t only Tuesday night’s Key Player. He was Tuesday night’s star.

We’ve all seen promise from Sullinger throughout his three-year career. It all came together during this game against New York. He was scoring. He was rebounding. He was passing. The big man finished with 22 points to go along with game highs of nine rebounds and six assists. His six assists tied a career high in the category.

These 22 points were beautiful. As Brad Stevens explained, “When the ball hits the net, it looks like it’s supposed to.”

It certainly looked as much on Tuesday. Sullinger shot 11-of-16 from inside the arc and splashed home everything from turnaround fadeaways to runners to smooth midrange Js.

No one can make the claim that Sullinger is a star in this league at this point. During this game, though, he showed that he has star potential. He made shots that were star-worthy while also contributing in a big way across his entire box score line.

Box Score Nuggets

  • The Celtics shot 54.5 percent from the field.
  • Boston made seven more free throws (18) than New York attempted (11).
  • Jared Sullinger notched game highs of nine rebounds and six assists while also contributing 22 points.
  • The Celtics led from start to finish.
  • Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 21 points, but he needed 23 shots to get there.
  • No player on New York's roster grabbed more than seven rebounds.
  • Avery Bradley scored a game-high 26 points with a lights-out 11-of-14 shooting performance.
  • There were only two blocked shots in the game.
  • Each team had two players grab two steals.
  • Marcus Smart tallied 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals to help the Celtics outscore the Knicks by 16 points while he was on the floor.
  • More than one-third of New York's total rebounds (35) were offensive (12).

Quote of the Night

It obviously didn't affect him today. He was smoking from everywhere.

Brad Stevens on Avery Bradley's fractured left thunb.

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