Jayson Tatum to rescue as Celtics hold off Knicks | WEEI

Lynette Rowe
October 21, 2018

Finishing with 28 points and 12 assists on 10-21 shooting, Lowry has been one of the best players in the league during the first week of the season, and this was what Toronto needed as the team began to run out of steam late in the game. "I'm thinking too much out there", Hayward said. Trey Burke added 11 points.

Boston went on to beat NY in a thriller with Jayson Tatum giving Boston a 103-100 lead with a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining after hitting a clutch fadeaway seconds before.

Leonard played just 9 games last season for the Spurs due to a quadriceps injury. Enes Kanter had 17 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out of their second two-point loss in two nights.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 24 points for the Knicks, who lost rookie Kevin Knox to a sprained left ankle in the first quarter.

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"That would be something that they'll take game-by-game, night-by-night", Stevens said.

Celtics: Aron Baynes got the start with Hayward out and scored 10 points. He pulled up for a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc and Tatum jumped to contest it, fouling Burke for three free throws that could have tied it. But he played only 12 minutes before leaving with a sore right hamstring.

Knox was fouled driving to the rim on a fast break and rolled his ankle. The Knicks said X-rays for Knox are negative. Kyle Lowry hit a pair of technical free throws, Pascal Siakam split a pair on the ensuing possession, and it looked like the Wizards were ready to close up shop and focus on the arduous road trip ahead.

With the matchup against Ian Mahinmi, the Raptors opted to go back to Jonas Valanciunas as the starting center rather than Serge Ibaka, who was coming off a huge night against Boston, and also gave Norman Powell and OG Anunoby the start on the wings, with Pascal Siakam moving back to the bench to help with playmaking, which was a struggle for the second unit against the Celtics, and might remain so until Wright returns to the lineup. He said Hayward, who broke his ankle a year ago in the season opener, was just experiencing general soreness Saturday and didn't think it was anything overly concerning.

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