Beasley Leads Knicks To Win Over Celtics at the Garden

Jonathan Grant | December 22nd, 2017

Micheal Beasley came off the bench and scored a season high 32 points to lift the Knicks over the division leading Boston Celtics by the score of 102-93 in front of a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Boston came in off a loss at the hands of the Heat. And after winning 16 straight earlier this year, the Celtics have cooled off, and are 4-4 in their last 8 games. The Knicks meanwhile lost in Charlotte by 16 in their last outing in a lackluster performance, being down by 25 for most of the game. They were without their two leading scorers, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway who remained sidelined with a lower leg injury. Porzingis missed the last two games with knee injury. Despite the injuries, the Knicks came into the game winning four out of their last five games.

The crowd was loud and boisterous at the start as the Knicks surged to a 15-3 lead to start the game. Boston struggled from the floor at the outset. Courtney Lee hit a three pointer and Boston called an early time out. Enes Kanter, who averages 13 pts and ten rebs per game, was a force in the paint early. He finished the half with 10 pts and 10 rebs. Kyrie Irving kept Boston close with 9 pts in the first quarter. The Knicks led 25-15 at the end of the quarter.

usnewsaggregator.com

The second quarter was ugly on both sides offensively, with both teams forcing turnovers, and shooting poorly. Porzingis was rusty after being sidelined for two games, and failed to score in the first half. Al Horford contested every shot and shut the Knicks leading scorer down.

Porzingis(25ppg) was 0-8 in the first half. The Knicks were plagued by poor shooting and turnovers, forced by Boston’s tough defensive play in the second quarter. Behind the scoring of Irving and Jayson Tatum Boston cut the lead to four at halftime, 44-40.

The Knicks continued their sloppy play with turnovers and poor shooting to start the second half. The Celtics took advantage with Irving and Tatum leading the way. Tatum drove into the lane and made a spectacular up and under move, going to his left hand, and put the Celtics up nine midway through the third quarter. It looked like the Celtics were rolling. Then Porzingis, who was 0-11 from the floor, and one point for the game, sat down and Micheal Beasley came in. Beasley was unstoppable with 10pts in the quarter. Driving in the lane and scoring or pulling up for short jump shots. Everything was falling for him and the Celtics had no answer. Irving missed a three with five seconds left, the Knicks rebounded got an outlet pass to Lee who drove to the basket and missed but Kyle O’Quinn was there to stuff the rebound home at the buzzer and tie the game at 68. The Garden erupted and the Knicks had momentum going to the fourth quarter.

With the Garden crowd behind them, it was the Knicks second team of Ron Baker and Frank Ntilkina in the backcourt, Doug McDermott, O’Quinn and Beasley up front, who would be the difference in the game for NY. Ntilkina and McDermott hit big threes down the stretch Baker played solid defense and and O’Quinn scored some big baskets. But it was the Micheal Beasley show in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 in the quarter as the Knicks outscored Boston in the fourth 34-25. With the score 99-93 McDermott turned the ball over with 37 seconds left. And Boston had life. But after a timeout Irving missed a three and Beasley swooped through the lane and grabbed a big rebound to ice it for NY. Beasley scored 28 of his 32 points in the second half on 13-20 from the floor, and 12 rebounds. Kanter finished with 14 pts and 10 boards. Jarrod Jack and Courtney Lee had 12 points apiece. Irving finished with 32, on 12 of 27 shooting. Tatum had 17. NY out rebounded Boston 49-35 and outscored Boston 40-24 in the paint.

It’s been a long time since Knick fans have had anything the cheer about. But that seems to be changing as the Knicks improve to 15-5 at home this year. Another big win at home vs. the top team in the East.

Next Article
  • Athletics Making Noise, Tie for AL East Lead

    It's been said many, many times that the Major League Baseball season is a marathon instead of a sprint. The Oakland Athletics will be thankful for that fact. The last time they had sat atop the American League East had came way back on the first day of the season. Now, that fact has changed...

    Read More
  • Little League World Series Record Set on Friday By Hawaii and Georgia

    No matter what level of baseball you are playing at, pitching is a vital necessity. Good pitching can cover up a whole lot of issues. The Little League World Series is no different from any other baseball league or tournament in the world. It requires excellent pitching to have a chance. Both Georgia and Hawaii...

    Read More
  • John Elway Claims Kap Had a Chance to Be a Bronco

    In what could be a pivotal comment in Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL, John Elway stated that his team, the Denver Broncos, offered the quarterback a contract. He then went on to state that Kaepernick turned down the chance to play for them. Elway made these comments on Thursday, addressing whether or not...

    Read More
  • Marlins, Braves Descend Into Chaos on Wednesday Night

    The Miami Marlins are not having the best of times against the Atlanta Braves. Prior to Wednesday night's game, they had lost three games in two days to their hosts. To make matters worse, they had just two wins in 14 games against the Braves this season, a big reason why the Braves have been...

    Read More
  • Acuna, Braves Stay Hot As Rookie Sets Records

    The Boston Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball, and they have been for some time now. Juan Soto is the rookie that everyone has been talking about. Both those things combined have taken the national headlines, and they have done so at the expense of Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuna, Jr. and his...

    Read More
  • Barkley Avoids Catastrophic Injury at Practice

    The New York Giants have a lot of cause for optimism ahead of the 2018/19 NFL season. They still have wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. under contract, they have picked up dangerous running back Saquon Barkley in the draft, and they have a quarterback under center that has won two Super Bowls already. It's been...

    Read More
  • Brooks Koepka Steals the Show at PGA Championship, Eclipses Tiger

    If there were ever any reservations about the quality of golf that would be on display at this year's PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, that was laid to rest for good on Sunday in the final round in St. Louis. The tournament simply had it all, and ratings will surely come back to show...

    Read More
  • Martinez Homers Twice, Red Sox Stay Hot

    The Boston Red Sox have put together one of the best seasons in the history of baseball so far this season, and it looks like they will not be slowing down too much anytime soon. After a doubleheader on Saturday in which they won both games (5-0 and 6-4) against the Baltimore Orioles, the Red...

    Read More