Gordon Hayward of Boston Celtics out vs. New York Knicks

Doug Mendoza
October 21, 2018

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 24 points and Enes Kanter had a double-double (17 points, 15 rebounds) for the Knicks, who have dropped two of three.

"I think if you were in my position, I think it would be an easy decision", Irving said of his decision to commit to the Celtics.

Irving and Marcus Morris each added 16 points for the Celtics, who rebounded from their loss in Toronto on Friday night. They had trouble getting the ball inbounded from the sideline, and Knicks guard Trey Burke had to race into the backcourt to retrieve it as the clocked ran down.

Celtics: Aron Baynes got the start with Hayward out and scored 10 points.

The Celtics led by as many as 16 in the first quarter, but the Knicks pulled to within 50-48 at the half and tied the score seven times in the third quarter before taking their only lead at 66-65 on Hardaway's free throw with 3:48 left in the period.

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The last-minute loss was the second in as many nights for NY, which fell to the Brooklyn Nets, 107-105, on Friday, when Hardaway missed the potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired. But he played only 12 minutes before leaving with a sore right hamstring. While X-Rays on Knox's ankle came back negative, the 19-year-old is expected to miss two-to-four weeks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Knox needed to be helped off the floor by a pair of teammates after rolling his ankle while driving to the rim on a fastbreak.

Still, it wasn't all good for Hayward, who suffered a gruesome left ankle injury five minutes into last year's season opener and missed the rest of 2017-18.

With Knox immediately sent to the locker room, he was unable to shoot his free throws, thus disqualifying him of any chance to return to Saturday's game.

The Celtics planned to rest Hayward as the team is in the second night of a back-to-back.

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