Julius Randle and Evan Fournier led the way for the Knicks, with Randle scoring 35 points and the new Knick Fournier adding 32 – including a crucial three-point point in the last minute of the second OT.
While that wasn’t 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 1.5-week period of isolation after contracting Covid-19.
“I don’t know how I did it,” said Brown. “I spent a lot of time in quarantine, thinking about when I was going to go back… I only had 24 hours to prepare.
“My breathing was irregular but for the most part correct. Towards the end, I could feel my heart pounding in my chest.”
The Knicks led by many in the fourth quarter, but buzzer-beater Marcus Smart forced the game into overtime.
With scores tied at 128-128, the game entered a second overtime when Fournier gave the Knicks the lead against his former team with a three-runner before Derrick Rose finished the win.
“The good thing is that at the end of the day we got the win,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.
“We know we have a lot of work to do, the guys stepped up at the end, made some plays. It’s a load to deal with… but overall very good stuff.”
As the NBA season begins, the Knicks will next face the Orlando Magic, while the Celtics face the Toronto Raptors.
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