Boston Celtics

Celtics Get Revenge With Easy Win Over the Knicks


Boston Celtics center Al Horford attempts to score over Noah Vonleh of the Knicks on Thursday night.CreditCreditElise Amendola/Associated Press


BOSTON — Kyrie Irving heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, still had a .500 record through Thanksgiving.


“I was thinking about it since we lost to them,” Irving said after scoring 22 points to coast past the Knicks, 128-100, on Thursday night and exacting a measure of revenge for the embarrassing earlier loss.


He raised his hand for Coach Brad Stevens to take him out of the game but couldn’t get his attention and instead walked to the bench at the next whistle.


The Celtics, who went to the Eastern Conference finals last year, were expected to be one of the league’s top teams after getting Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injuries.


A version of this article appears in print on , on Page B11 of the New York edition with the headline: Celtics Avenge Embarrassing Loss With Rout of Knicks.






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