By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Celtics returned home on Wednesday night to face off with the division rival New York Knicks and they were without star point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving has been a bit banged up recently and injured his quad in the game with the Nuggets Monday night. In his place, Terry Rozier got the first start of his career and boy did he take advantage of the opportunity.
Rozier registered a triple double while filling in and led the C’s to a beat down of the Knicks. With 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Rozier became just the second player in league history to grab a triple double in their first career start. He also added two steals and two blocks on the defensive end.
The route was on as the Celtics pulled away in the third quarter thanks to key contributions from all over the roster. Marcus Morris left the game after taking a cheap shot from Michael Beasley on a dunk, but not before dropping 20 points off of the bench. Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Abdel Nader all got into double-digit points as well.
The Knicks looked hapless and couldn’t get anything going on either end, especially in the second half. They seemed to run completely out of gas in a fourth quarter that saw them out-scored 22-8. Enes Kanter led the way with 17 points and 17 rebounds for New York.
This was the lowest point total allowed by the Celtics since a game against the Knicks in 2013. It was also Boston’s largest margin of victory of the season so far. They improved to 37-15 on the season and will see Atlanta come to town on Friday night.