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Crunch time of Tuesday’s matchup between the Celtics and the Knicks was all about players coming through in the clutch.

Unfortunately for Boston, New York’s players had just a bit more clutch in their veins than the Celtics did.

New York didn’t miss a shot over the final 2:52 of the game as it held on for a 120-114 victory. Four Knicks combined to shoot 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line during that stretch.

Boston was pretty darn good at the offensive end as well, but it wasn’t perfect. The C’s shot 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line over the final 3:20 to keep the game close.

Those three misses were the difference in the game thanks to New York’s perfection.

Jerian Grant was at the head of New York’s efficient offense. He at one point scored six straight points for the Knicks, four of which were via free throws. Derrick Williams also contributed four points in the paint, while Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez each tossed in a big bucket down the stretch.

Key Player

Isaiah Thomas was stellar Tuesday night for the second straight game. Without him, this game might not have even been close.

Boston fell 120-114 despite Thomas’ game-high 34 points. He shot 11-of-23 from the field, accounting for both the most field goal attempts and the most field goal makes in the game. Thomas also connected on 11 of his 12 free throw attempts, both game highs, while keeping Boston in the game.

There was yet another category in which Thomas hit a game high. He dished out eight assists, tying Jerian Grant for the highest mark in the contest.

Box Score Nuggets

  • The contest featured 13 lead changes, yet Boston's largest lead was only three points.
  • New York scored 54 points in the paint.
  • Four Knicks players missed all of their field goal attempts, while each of Boston's players who attempted a shot made at least two.
  • Two players from each team scored at least 20 points, led by 34 from Isaiah Thomas and 26 from Kristaps Porzingis.
  • Derrick Williams, who came off the bench for New York, led the game in rebounds with 10.
  • Thomas also tied with Jerian Grant for the game high in assists with eight.
  • Each team shot at least 48.8 percent from the field.
  • Four of Boston's five starters blocked at least one shot. Ironically, it was their starting center, Kelly Olynyk, who did not notch a block.
  • Porzingis was the only player in the game to commit more than four fouls. He fouled out of the game.
  • The teams combined to commit only 20 turnovers, with the C's accounting for only nine of them.
  • Jae Crowder scored 21 points and grabbed a team-high eight boards for Boston.
  • Jared Sullinger came off the bench for a solid night, as he notched 14 points and seven boards.

Quote of the Night

I thought that it was kinda crazy, but he likes those types of challenges.

Brad Stevens on starting Marcus Smart in the second half to defend Kristaps Porzingis.

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