In the return of Kristaps Porzingis, bench scorer Michael Beasley stole the show against the east leading Celtics. Beasley helped the Knicks erase a second half deficit and walk away with an impressive victory.
Michael Beasley went off tonight. On a night when Kristaps Porzingis could not get his shot to fall B-easy was called upon to fill the scoring void and he did so emphatically. Beasley finished with 32 points including a stretch where he scored 22 of 32 points for the Knicks. The Celtics threw every defender they had at Beasley but he seemed unphased, finishing 13/20 from the floor while pulling down 12 rebounds.
Kristaps looked rusty coming off a two and a half game hiatus. He could not get a single shot to fall in his 11 attempts and committed 4 fouls in just 23 minutes.
- The Knicks played the majority of the 4th quarter without a starter on the floor, opting to close the game with Beasley, Doug McDermott, Kyle O'Quinn, Frank Ntilikina, and Ron Baker.
- Enes Kanter recorded another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Knicks shot 8/14 from 3 (57.1%).
- No player on the Knicks played more than 28 minutes (Doug McDermott and Courney Lee).
The surprisingly well rested Knicks will travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons tomorrow night. The Pistons are just 3-7 in their last 10 games and the Knicks will try to take advantage of Detroit's struggles to build some confidence on the road.