RJ Barrett banks in 3 at buzzer: On Thursday night, RJ Barrett hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the New York Knicks a 108-105 comeback victory over the Boston Celtics.
The Knicks overcome a 24-point second-quarter hole with to Evan Fournier’s career-high 41 points. The clubs will complete their home-and-home series in Boston on Saturday night. Boston’s Jayson Tatum had 36 points.
With little over a second left, he tied it on a deep step-back jumper. After a timeout, the Knicks inbounded, and Barrett banked in the game-winning long-distance jumper.
RJ Barrett banks in 3 at buzzer
“It was a challenging shot,” Barrett remarked, “but every time I shoot, I think it’s going in.” “To be honest, I didn’t even notice it because I had fallen.” I didn’t see it go in, but I could tell by everyone else’s reaction. So that was enjoyable.”
New York’s Julius Randle had 22 points, Immanuel Quickley had 16, and Barrett had 13. The Knicks didn’t take the lead until little over two minutes remained.
For Boston, Dennis Schroder had 20 points and Jaylen Brown had 16.
“It wasn’t about the previous play this time.” Ime Udoka, the Celtics’ coach, stated, “It was everything leading up to it.” “We’re in desperate need of some leadership.” Someone who can calm us down and not become agitated when things start to go wrong. It’s snowballing between our guys, I believe.”
With 1:16 left in the first half, Robert Williams’ tip-in gave the Celtics their final 24-point advantage before the Knicks went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 63-47. Barrett and Fournier hit consecutive 3-pointers to get the Knicks within ten points to start the second half.
With 5:33 left in the third quarter, Schroder’s 3-point play gave the Celtics a 20-point lead, 81-61. Quickley’s 3-point play with 1:44 left gave the Knicks an 82-73 lead after Fournier hit back-to-back 3s.
With 23 seconds left in the third quarter, Randle’s driving layup put the Knicks ahead 84-77. Boston extended its advantage to eight points, but Fournier’s deep jumper with 4:04 left knotted the game at 96-96.
With 2:06 remaining, Fournier’s 3 gave the Knicks their first lead, 99-98.
With 44 seconds left, Quickley’s floater gave the Knicks a 103-101 lead after Tatum’s three-point play and Mitchell Robinson’s dunk.
On Boston’s following possession, Schroder turned the ball over, and Barrett scored one of two free throws with 18 seconds left. With 15 seconds left, Marcus Smart hit two free throws, and Randle hit one with 12 seconds left. After that, Tatum made his jumper, and Barrett put a stop to it.
“Resilience. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our team,” Randle said. “We persisted in our fight.” We didn’t want to get ourselves into a hole, but we found a way to win.”
TIP-INS: RJ Barrett banks in 3 at buzzer
Tom Thibodeau, the Knicks’ coach, was a Celtics assistant from 2007 to 2010. At Madison Square Garden, Boston has dropped three straight games.
Prior to the game, Ryan Arcidiacono was signed to a 10-day contract, but he is out with a sprained left ankle.
And It’s Only Halfway Through The Season.
This season, both clubs have played 39 games, although no one has appeared in every one of them.
New York’s Fournier and Alec Burks have each missed only one game, while Boston’s Smart has appeared in a team-high 36 games. Thirteen Knicks have started at least one game, compared to 11 starters for the Celtics.