When the New York Knicks visit the Boston Celtics on Sunday night, they will attempt to extend their winning streak to nine games.
Following Julius Randle’s off-balance 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining, the Knicks beat Miami 122-120 on Friday to extend their winning streak. In its last 13 games, New York had won 11 times.
New York’s offense was dominated by 43 points from Randle. He made 16 of 25 field goals, including 8 of 13 attempts from three-point range. He had scored at least 40 points for the fourth time this season.
The Knicks’ Jalen Brunson scored 25 points despite breaking his ankle in the third quarter.
In December, the Knicks also won eight games in a row.
The Celtics are coming off a humiliating 115-105 home loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. The Celtics were held to 41 points in the second half by the Nets, who cut Boston’s lead to 28 points in the second quarter to nine.
The Celtics were 9-for-29 from three-point range and committed 19 turnovers. Jayson Tatum had 22 points, but he was 0 for 7 from three-point range.
With tightness in his hamstring, Boston center Robert Williams left the court during the third quarter of Friday’s defeat and did not return.
During New York’s eight-game winning streak, five of those victories were won by at least 15 points. This includes winning 109-94 against Boston on February 27.
In that defeat, the Celtics shot 9 of 42 from behind the 3-point arc. Brown did not participate in that game due to personal reasons, and Tatum was kicked out in the fourth quarter after receiving his second technical foul. He had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.