On Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics earned their first win at home on the season against the New York Knicks in a blowout, 110-89. The game served as a showcase for Boston’s youngest stars – Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier – and the Celtics found themselves in a commanding 21-point lead at halftime.
Al Horford finished with a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) and added five assists.
Here are five takeaways from the Celtics rout of the Knicks:
- Kyrie Irving looks very confident passing to his teammates. – On a handful of occasions, Irving would dish it to one of his teammates and then turn around and get back on defense once the ball went up. He finished with seven assists to go with 20 points.
- Jaylen Brown is confident all-around on his birthday. – Brown had 18 points at the half, crashed the boards regularly and drove to the hole consistently on offense. He finished with 23 points and four rebounds.
- The Celtics could use a guy like Enes Kanter – Kanter had 15 rebounds at halftime and finished with 16 points and 19 rebounds. He could be an easy get at the trade deadline for a draft pick or two.
- Kristaps Porzingis allowed the Celtics to have an early lead. – Porzingis couldn’t find the bottom of the net if his life depended on it. The clear best player on the Knicks, Porzingis allowed the Celtics to rebound his missed shots and push it up the floor past the slower Knicks team. He wound up with a meager 12 points and five rebounds.
- Jayson Tatum and Brown are becoming a two-headed monster for opposing teams. Tatum finished with 22 points and four rebounds. The pair have consistently put up good scoring numbers in the first four games. On Tuesday night, Brown and Tatum were the first Celtics combo in history to score more than 20 points at the age of 21 or younger.
Next game: The Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee on Thursday night at 8 PM. Last week, the Celtics lost handedly to the Bucks at home, 108-100.