The Celtics (33-19) took care of business once again last night, coasting by the Knicks (10-41) at MSG by a score of 113-99 for the eighth win in nine games.
Kyrie Irving paced the C's, recording team-highs of 35 minutes, 23 points, and 10 rebounds (season high, second time) while tying the team lead (Rozier) in assists with six.
Knick fans briefly got this pro-Kyrie chant going in the third quarter:
Speakin' for pretty much every fan base in the NBA. Everyone wants a player like Kyrie Irving--that's just a fact.
Al Horford and Gordon Hayward recorded 14 points each, while Marcus Morris put up 18, as well as leading the C's with a +/- of 15.
This was the Knicks' first game since their huge trade with the Dallas Mavericks the previous night; no players acquired by New York were in uniform.
Boston's next game is tomorrow against the Thunder. 2 o'clock, at TD Garden, on ABC. What an event for a Sunday before the Super Bowl. The Celtics already beat OKC this season, 101-95 on October 25, meaning the two teams wouldn't meet again until next season--assuming they don't meet each other in The Finals.
Definitely willing to bet that won't happen.