Jaylen Brown takes over in Eastern Conference showdown: Boston Celtics defeat New York Knicks

Sunday, 25 February 2024 at 09:07
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Two historic franchises faced off in this battle of the East, and tonight the Boston Celtics took down the New York Knicks 116-102 at Madison Square Garden behind Jaylen Brown’s spectacular performance.
The Celtics have proved to be one of the most dominant teams in the NBA and title favorites in many people’s eyes. Led by the dynamic duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, both of these 2-way wings can take over any game. Their complimentary pieces are nothing to bypass either, as Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, and Al Horford are all defensive pests who can stretch the floor.
In this game, the 3-time All-Star had a team high 30 points on 54% shooting. Jayson Tatum scored 19 points while Kristaps Porzingis finished with 22 points on 7/11 shooting. Derrick White ended with 13 points and Jrue Holiday had 12 points, and both guards recorded 6 assists and 2 steals each. Al Horford contributed 10 points on 71% shooting off the bench.
For the Knicks, Jalen Brunson had a game high 34 points and 9 assists with 4 made threes. Josh Hart recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists while Donte DiVincenzo scored 12 points on 4 made triples.
This win improves the Celtics to 45-12, which makes them 1st in the Eastern Conference by a mile. To put things in perspective, the gap between them and the 2nd seeded Cavs is 8 games, and in the West the difference between the top seed Timberwolves and 8th seeded Suns is 7 games. They are on fire, going 9-1 over their last 10 games and currently on an 8-game winning streak. Their next game will be on Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
On the other hand, this loss drops the Knicks to 34-23, which makes them 4th in the Eastern Conference. New York is now 2 games behind the 3-seeded Bucks and 0.5 games above the 5th seeded 76ers. They are 4-6 over their last 10 games and will look to bounce back on Monday against the Detroit Pistons.