Marcus Smart hit an equalizing three-pointer with 36.4 seconds remaining Wednesday night, scoring 14 of 17 points in the fourth quarter, while the Boston Celtics host regained seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a comeback to beat the New York Knicks 101-99.
Smart was just 1-of-7 off the field before teaming up with Jaylen Brown (seven points) and Jayson Tatum (seven points) to score the final 28 points for the Celtics, who were seven behind in the early fourth, before which he won for the third time in four repair games at 26-26.
Brown finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds, while Tatum finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
RJ Barrett was 6 out of 6 from a 3-point range and scored 29 points for the Knicks, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Julius Randle had 22 points and nine rebounds, while Derrick Rose added 11 points from the bench.
No team led more than seven in a race filled match.
Rose and Alec Burks scored all points for the Knicks in a 7-3 series that opened fourth and gave New York a second seven-point advantage. The Celtics retreated into possession four times before heading into Smart’s wide-open three-pointer with the remaining 4:32 left.
Rose and Randle missed shots on the Knicks ’next possession, and Tatum scored to extend the Celtics’ lead to 89-85. Barrett broke a run of six consecutive New York misses by draining the jumpers, but Smart returned Tatum’s miss to give Boston a four-point advantage again.
Nerlens Noel hit a free throw, and Reggie Bullock missed a potential equalizing three-pointer with 2:04 left before Randle’s dunk of Bullock’s theft pulled the Knicks within 91-90. Smart missed a 3-point attempt, but New York turned the ball around, leading to Brown’s placement.
Barrett hit a three-pointer in the equalizer, but Smart responded on the other side. Burks missed a 3-point attempt before the Celtics froze the win by hitting five of six free throws.
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