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Rose powers slumping Knicks past Celtics 117-106

BOSTON (AP) New York's locker room door opened and music was blaring in the background.

It's not a scene that's happened after too many Knicks' games lately.

Derrick Rose matched his season high with 30 points, and the slumping Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 117-106 on Wednesday night.

New York played without injured starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez each scored 17 points to help make up for their absence.

''It was a big win for us to come in here and kind of put everything to the side in spite of what's been surrounding the team, and really focus in on playing basketball and winning,'' said forward Carmelo Anthony, who reiterated his desire to stay in New York on Tuesday.

It was just their third win in 14 games in a season that's been sliding away quickly since the calendar turned to 2017.

''These guys are a determined bunch,'' New York coach Jeff Hornacek said. ''They've had some bad breaks, we've had some bad games, but they stay in there together.''

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 39 points, his 13th time this season with 30 or more points. Jae Crowder added 21 for the Celtics, who lost for only the fourth time in 17 games.

Al Horford, Boston's big free-agent acquisition during the summer, had five points on 2-of-14 shooting. He was 1 for 8 on 3-point attempts.

''That was definitely tough for me because they were good looks,'' he said. ''I even felt good on a few of them. They just didn't go in.''

Boston closed to 97-96 on Jaylen Brown's two free throws with just under eight minutes to play, but Justin Holiday and Courtney Lee nailed 3-pointers 29 seconds apart, pushing New York's lead back to seven.

Rose then capped an 8-0 spree by putting in his own miss after Thomas missed a jumper - his seventh straight shot that was off.

''Just playing my game,'' said Rose, who was 13 for 24 from the floor. ''Just waiting for coach to call my number, just like tonight - he called my number.''

TIP-INS

Knicks: Porzingis was out with a sore left Achilles and Noah was sidelined by a sore left ankle. Porzingis missed his fourth straight game, but did shoot before the game. Noah played in their last game. Both big men are expected to undergo MRIs on Thursday. ... F Lance Thomas was also out (fractured left orbital bone).

Celtics: G Avery Bradley was a late scratch with a sore right Achilles after warming up. He played in Monday's win, but had missed the previous four games after straining the same Achilles.

THAT SAYS IT ALL

''We didn't have a look most of the night that you felt good about,'' Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

HE WANTS TO BE AN ALL-STAR

When the All-Star starters are announced Thursday night, Thomas said he'll be watching the nationally televised NBA game.

As far as being one: ''I should be,'' he said.

BOARD DAMAGE

The Knicks owned a 57-33 rebounding edge, doubling up Boston 18-9 on the offensive glass.

''The more desperate team, the better team tonight, the more aggressive team - they won,'' Stevens said.

SPECIAL MOMENT

The fans gave a loud ovation to 11-year-old Stephen Register of Needham, Massachusetts, late in the opening quarter when he was shown on the Jumbotron.

On Tuesday, as part of a Make-A-Wish memory, the team signed him to an honorary one-day contract and he practiced with Celtics players Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk, received a personalized team jersey, and participated in a press conference with players asking him questions.

He was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Washington on Thursday night for their third game in four days. The Wizards won the only other matchup - 119-112 in Washington on Nov. 17.

Celtics: Host Portland on Saturday, the first of two meetings between the teams this season.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by Marshall Plumlee 0:16
  Derrick Rose missed floating jump shot 0:18
  Defensive rebound by Derrick Rose 0:40
  Jaylen Brown missed driving layup 0:42
  20-second timeout called 0:46
+ 1 Marshall Plumlee made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:46
  Team rebound 0:46
  Marshall Plumlee missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:46
  Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown 0:46
+ 2 Al Horford made dunk 1:01
  Offensive rebound by Al Horford 1:02
Team Stats
Points 117 106
Field Goals 46-91 (50.5%) 35-91 (38.5%)
3-Pointers 10-25 (40.0%) 9-33 (27.3%)
Free Throws 15-18 (83.3%) 27-29 (93.1%)
Total Rebounds 64 42
Offensive 18 9
Defensive 39 24
Team 7 9
Assists 27 25
Steals 2 8
Blocks 8 8
Turnovers 16 3
Fouls 24 15
Technicals 0 0
D. Rose PG 25
30 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
39 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Knicks 19-24 31322529117
home team logo Celtics 26-16 34202923106
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 19-24 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Celtics 26-16 102.1 PPG 47.8 RPG 21.4 APG
Key Players
D. Rose PG PPG RPG APG FG%
I. Thomas PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Rose PG 30 PTS 10 REB 5 AST
I. Thomas PG 39 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
50.5 FG% 38.5
40.0 3PT FG% 27.3
83.3 FT% 93.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Rose 30 10 5 13/24 0/0 4/4 3 33 2 2 4 4 6 0 50
M. Kuzminskas 17 6 2 6/12 2/3 3/3 1 29 0 0 1 2 4 0 26
C. Anthony 13 4 3 5/14 3/9 0/0 2 33 0 1 1 1 3 0 23
K. O'Quinn 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
R. Baker 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 5 11 0 0 2 0 1 0 -1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Rose 30 10 5 13/24 0/0 4/4 3 33 2 2 4 4 6 0 50
M. Kuzminskas 17 6 2 6/12 2/3 3/3 1 29 0 0 1 2 4 0 26
C. Anthony 13 4 3 5/14 3/9 0/0 2 33 0 1 1 1 3 0 23
K. O'Quinn 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
R. Baker 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 5 11 0 0 2 0 1 0 -1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
W. Hernangomez 17 11 1 8/13 0/0 1/1 2 20 0 0 1 4 7 0 29
J. Holiday 13 5 0 4/8 2/5 3/3 3 19 0 1 2 0 5 0 17
B. Jennings 11 4 5 3/7 2/5 3/4 1 27 0 1 1 1 3 0 25
C. Lee 9 8 7 4/8 1/3 0/0 2 38 0 1 0 2 6 0 32
M. Plumlee 5 7 3 2/2 0/0 1/3 5 20 0 2 2 3 4 0 18
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ndour - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Vujacic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 117 57 27 46/91 10/25 15/18 24 240 2 8 16 18 39 0 224
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
I. Thomas 39 3 2 12/25 5/12 10/10 0 37 1 0 2 2 1 0 45
J. Crowder 21 5 1 7/13 2/5 5/6 3 37 0 0 0 0 5 0 28
A. Johnson 10 7 2 5/6 0/0 0/0 4 18 1 2 0 1 6 0 24
A. Horford 5 7 10 2/14 1/8 0/0 0 34 1 1 0 2 5 0 34
M. Smart 4 3 5 1/6 0/2 2/2 1 32 2 2 0 2 1 0 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
I. Thomas 39 3 2 12/25 5/12 10/10 0 37 1 0 2 2 1 0 45
J. Crowder 21 5 1 7/13 2/5 5/6 3 37 0 0 0 0 5 0 28
A. Johnson 10 7 2 5/6 0/0 0/0 4 18 1 2 0 1 6 0 24
A. Horford 5 7 10 2/14 1/8 0/0 0 34 1 1 0 2 5 0 34
M. Smart 4 3 5 1/6 0/2 2/2 1 32 2 2 0 2 1 0 21
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Brown 12 4 0 3/6 0/0 6/7 2 19 0 1 0 1 3 0 17
T. Rozier 5 1 2 1/8 1/4 2/2 3 24 1 0 0 0 1 0 11
J. Jerebko 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 16 1 0 0 0 1 0 6
K. Olynyk 4 2 2 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 1 1 0 9
J. Mickey 2 0 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 5
G. Green 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
A. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 33 25 35/91 9/33 27/29 15 241 8 8 3 9 24 0 202