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Tatum, Brown lead rested Celtics past Knicks 110-89

BOSTON (AP) Jaylen Brown celebrated his 21st birthday by playing one of the best games of his young career.

Brown scored 23 points - just two points shy of the career high he set in last week's season-opener - and the Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks 110-89 on Tuesday night. He left the court with the perfect present - a win.

''You can't beat that,'' he said.

Rookie Jayson Tatum added 22 points. Kyrie Irving finished with 20 points and seven assists. Al Horford chipped in with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

After dropping their first two games to open the season, the Celtics have won two straight. The Knicks remain winless through their first three games.

Brown and Tatum were both taken No. 3 overall by the Celtics in the last two drafts, and became fast friends because of their proximity in age.

Brown was active from the opening tip, connecting on 5 of his first 8 shots and scoring 13 points in the first quarter. He said he has been the beneficiary of teams paying so much attention to Irving and Horford.

''They draw a lot of attention, so I've got to make plays when they're taking up a lot of that attention,'' Brown said. ''Me and Jayson, we've got to make teams guard us.''

Enes Kanter led New York with 16 points and 19 rebounds. But he got most of them in a first half in as his team struggled mightily from the field. The Knicks scored the first basket of the night, but never led again. They shot just 42 percent and went 1 of 12 from the 3-point line.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Kanter had 16 rebounds in the first half. ... New York went 0 for 6 from 3-point line and committed 11 turnovers in the first half.

Celtics: This is the third time this season they have scored 100 or more points. ... Had five of their seven blocks in the first half. ... Coach Brad Stevens said Smart remains day-to-day, but expects that he will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip.

DYNAMIC DUO

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Tatum and Brown are the first Celtics' duo ever to score 20-plus points at 21 years or younger in the same game in team history. ''We're gonna keep getting more comfortable with each other as time goes on,'' Tatum said.

NO SMART, NO PROBLEM

Boston played without guard Marcus Smart, who sat out his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

But they didn't need him. The Celtics played like a team coming off four days' rest, taking as much as a 25-point lead late in the second quarter.

New York never recovered.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said before the game that Tim Hardaway Jr. had been playing through a preseason ankle injury. He took a couple of hard spills, but still logged 28 minutes. He finished with six points, connecting on just 2 of his 11 shots.

''We were all out there just running like we don't know what's going on and that can't happen,'' Hardaway said. ''I'm not playing the way I want to play. ... I can't harp on (the ankle). You've got to move on, get back in the gym and work.''

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Nets on Friday.

Celtics: Begin two-game road trip Thursday at Milwaukee.

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Key Players
K. Porzingis
6 F
K. Irving
11 G
38.0 Min. Per Game 38.0
20.0 Pts. Per Game 20.0
5.7 Ast. Per Game 5.7
4.7 Reb. Per Game 4.7
42.4 Field Goal % 37.5
46.8 Three Point % 35.9
75.0 Free Throw % 90.0
+ 2 Willy Hernangomez made alley-oop shot, assist by Ron Baker 0:12
+ 1 Guerschon Yabusele made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:25
+ 1 Guerschon Yabusele made 1st of 2 free throws 0:25
  Shooting foul on Ron Baker 0:25
+ 2 Doug McDermott made layup, assist by Michael Beasley 0:41
  Defensive rebound by Michael Beasley 0:55
  Shane Larkin missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:58
+ 1 Shane Larkin made 1st of 2 free throws 0:58
  Personal foul on Willy Hernangomez 0:58
+ 2 Willy Hernangomez made driving layup 1:17
+ 2 Guerschon Yabusele made jump shot, assist by Shane Larkin 1:32
Team Stats
Points 89 110
Field Goals 36-85 (42.4%) 37-75 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 1-12 (8.3%) 14-29 (48.3%)
Free Throws 16-25 (64.0%) 22-27 (81.5%)
Total Rebounds 51 50
Offensive 11 5
Defensive 32 36
Team 8 9
Assists 20 26
Steals 8 11
Blocks 2 7
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 17 24
Technicals 0 1
16 PTS, 19 REB
13 PTS, 13 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Knicks 0-3 1716272989
home team logo Celtics 2-2 30242333110
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 0-3 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Celtics 2-2 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
Key Players
E. Kanter C 14.1 PPG 11.0 RPG 1.5 APG 59.2 FG%
J. Brown F 14.5 PPG 5.0 RPG 1.6 APG 46.5 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Kanter C 16 PTS 19 REB 0 AST
J. Brown F 23 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
42.4 FG% 49.3
8.3 3PT FG% 48.3
64.0 FT% 81.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Kanter 29 16 19 0 0 1 3 2 7/11 0/0 2/3 9 10 33 -10
C. Lee 35 13 2 3 1 0 1 2 6/10 1/3 0/0 0 2 21 -10
K. Porzingis 31 12 5 0 0 0 2 1 3/14 0/2 6/9 1 4 15 -14
R. Sessions 25 8 1 7 3 0 3 2 4/8 0/0 0/0 0 1 23 -11
T. Hardaway Jr. 27 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 2/11 0/5 2/4 0 3 10 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Kanter 29 16 19 0 0 1 3 2 7/11 0/0 2/3 9 10 33 -10
C. Lee 35 13 2 3 1 0 1 2 6/10 1/3 0/0 0 2 21 -10
K. Porzingis 31 12 5 0 0 0 2 1 3/14 0/2 6/9 1 4 15 -14
R. Sessions 25 8 1 7 3 0 3 2 4/8 0/0 0/0 0 1 23 -11
T. Hardaway Jr. 27 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 2/11 0/5 2/4 0 3 10 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Hernangomez 11 12 1 0 2 0 0 3 5/6 0/0 2/3 0 1 15 -1
M. Beasley 13 6 3 2 0 0 2 1 2/6 0/1 2/2 0 3 11 -8
D. McDermott 16 6 4 2 1 0 1 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 3 14 -7
J. Jack 17 4 2 2 0 0 0 2 2/5 0/0 0/0 0 2 10 -12
L. Thomas 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -5
K. O'Quinn 6 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/2 0 2 7 -10
R. Baker 9 2 0 2 1 0 1 1 0/3 0/0 2/2 0 0 6 -8
D. Dotson 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +2
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kuzminskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ntilikina - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 89 43 20 8 2 14 17 36/85 1/12 16/25 11 32 168 -105
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Brown 32 23 4 0 1 1 0 4 9/16 3/6 2/3 0 4 29 +11
J. Tatum 31 22 4 2 4 2 3 4 9/15 4/6 0/0 1 3 33 +10
K. Irving 29 20 3 7 1 0 3 2 5/13 1/5 9/9 0 3 35 +13
A. Horford 29 13 13 5 0 1 2 1 5/8 2/4 1/2 2 11 35 +11
A. Baynes 22 3 4 1 1 1 0 2 1/3 0/0 1/2 1 3 11 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Brown 32 23 4 0 1 1 0 4 9/16 3/6 2/3 0 4 29 +11
J. Tatum 31 22 4 2 4 2 3 4 9/15 4/6 0/0 1 3 33 +10
K. Irving 29 20 3 7 1 0 3 2 5/13 1/5 9/9 0 3 35 +13
A. Horford 29 13 13 5 0 1 2 1 5/8 2/4 1/2 2 11 35 +11
A. Baynes 22 3 4 1 1 1 0 2 1/3 0/0 1/2 1 3 11 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Theis 20 11 5 1 0 2 2 4 4/6 1/1 2/3 1 4 18 +14
T. Rozier 30 8 6 6 2 0 1 0 2/7 2/4 2/2 0 6 27 +24
S. Larkin 19 6 0 4 2 0 1 4 1/5 1/2 3/4 0 0 15 +11
G. Yabusele 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 0 4 -3
A. Nader 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
J. Bird 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
S. Ojeleye 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 +7
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 110 41 26 11 7 12 24 37/75 14/29 22/27 5 36 209 +105