Jaylen Brown had 32 points and 10 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics turned the score around in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 101-99 on Wednesday.
Jayson Tatum lost eight balls, but finished with 25 points and 10 boards. Marcus Smart added 17 units, of which 14 were in the fourth quarter, plus nine assists for the Celtics, who have won three of four games.
Tristan Thompson had seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks in his return after being out 12 games due to league sanitation protocols.
RJ Barrett had 29 points and Julius Randle added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost two in a row.
New York and Boston began the game tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference. The duel remained closed: there were eight draws on the scoreboard and 17 lead changes.
The Celtics trailed by seven points at the start of the fourth quarter, before they led 87-85 on a 7-0 run.
The score was 91-88 when Tatum’s pass was intercepted and it led to a Randle dunk.
Smart missed a triplet and it looked like New York was going to take the lead, but Grant Williams stole Barrett’s pass, leading to a layup shot from Brown to bring the score to 93-90 with 1:02 remaining.
Barrett tied with a triple and Smart responded with another shot of three. Alec Burks fell short on his triple and the Celtics ended the game with free throws.