Bank Open For Knicks Vs Celtics, Paul Posts Triple-Double For Suns In Win

Jonathan Grant | January 7th, 2022

The Boston Celtics had the New York Knicks on the ropes for much of the fourth quarter of their game on Thursday night. They just couldn’t quite find the knockout, though, and it ultimately cost them as the Knicks came from behind to record an impressive 108-105 home victory that gave us plenty of talking points. One of them was the buzzer-beater delivered by RJ Barrett. The former Duke man, who scored 13 in the contest, couldn’t have been defended better by Jayson Tatum (who finished with 36 points in his team’s 21st loss of the season). Yet, he figured out a way to the bank in a desperation heave, winning the game with an unlikely three-pointer.

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Evan Fournier was the standout performer, however, as he showed why the Knicks brought him to the Big Apple by putting up 41 in the win. Julius Randle also gave us something to talk about as he scored 22 points and ‘shushed’ the home faithful at one point by giving them a thumbs down. The win gets the Knicks to 19-20, and they’ll hope to build upon the momentum it promises to bring. Elsewhere, Chris Paul was leading the Phoenix Suns to a 106-89 home romp over the Los Angeles Clippers by putting up a triple-double showing. Paul scored 13 while dishing out ten assists and grabbing 13 rebounds in the display while four others also got into double-digits. One of those was Cameron Johnson who posted 24 as he continues to perform in a breakout season. The win saw the Suns move to 30-8, the first team to get to 30 wins this season. It’s easy to see why: their depth and ability to close when it matters most.

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