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Key Moment

Every other player on the floor quit. Evan Turner did not.

With 1:35 remaining in the game and the Celtics trailing by three, Langston Galloway attempted to make a pass to Brook Lopez down on the left block. Turner got a piece of it, and the ball bounced toward the left corner of the court and was on its way out of bounds.

That’s what everyone outside of Turner was thinking. No. 11, however, played to the whistle.

Turner somehow chased the ball down and flung it behind his back to Jared Sullinger. Sullinger then quickly tossed a perfect outlet pass to Jae Crowder for an easy layup in transition to make it a one-point game.

Turner wasn’t done. He’d later go on to hit a go-ahead bucket at the 36.4-second mark to give the C’s their first lead since it was 73-71 early in the third quarter. He’d also toss the inbound pass to Avery Bradley and set the cross-pattern-type screen that would free Bradley for the game-winning bucket on a driving layup with 17.7 seconds left on the clock.

“He does a lot for us,” Brad Stevens said after the game. “We probably don’t win this game without him.”

That’s a fact, and it has a lot to do with the hustle play Turner made with 95 seconds left in the game.

Key Player

The Boston Celtics won in dramatic fashion Friday night, and they wouldn’t have done so without Isaiah Thomas’ impressive performance. The All-Star was lights-out all night long.

Boston’s point guard tallied his eighth 30-point night of the season by dropping a game-high 32 on the Knicks. And he just so happened to do so while attempting only 15 shots. That’s right – Thomas scored more than twice as many points as he attempted shots.

Compare those numbers to those of Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks, who just so happened to hit 30 points on the dot Friday night. Anthony played very well, but he needed 27 shots to reach the 30-point barrier. In other words, Anthony attempted 12 more shots than Thomas, yet scored two fewer points.

The key to Thomas’ efficiency was his continuous ability to get to the free-throw line. He attempted 13 freebies on the night, connecting on 12, which gave him more free throw makes than the entire Knicks team combined.

Thomas also tallied a game-high eight assists on the night, while no other player in the contest dished out more than five. He did so while not committing a single turnover.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Two players reached the 30-point mark, led by Isaiah Thomas' 32 points.
  • Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 30 points.
  • Thomas' 12 made free throws were one more than New York's team total of 11 makes from the line.
  • Robin Lopez blocked as many shots (2) as Boston did as a team.
  • Anthony attempted 27 shots, eight more than any other player in the game.
  • Lopez grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
  • Jared Sullinger was just behind him with 11.
  • Isaiah Thomas dished out a game-high eight assists while not committing a single turnover.
  • The C's outscored the Knicks by a count of 30-4 in fast break points.
  • The contest featured 15 ties and 11 lead changes.
  • Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Evan Turner each grabbed eight rebounds.
  • Crowder added in 20 points.
  • Boston outscored New York 60-32 in the paint.

Quote of the Night

I think sky’s the limit. I said that in preseason.

Jae Crowder on Boston's potential.

Key Player

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