New York Knicks beat Boston Celtics in double overtime despite Jaylen Brown’s 46 points

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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.”

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Brown (left) tries to steal the ball from Randle.
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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.

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“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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