BOSTON — Terry Rozier filled in nicely for Kyrie Irving, logging his first career triple-double in his first N.B.A. start to lead the Boston Celtics to a 103-73 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
Rozier collected 17 points, 11 rebounds in addition to also 10 assists to become just the second player in N.B.A. history to record a triple-double in his first start, joining Tony Wroten for Philadelphia on Nov. 13, 2013, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Irving was sidelined by a right quadriceps contusion after being injured during Monday’s victory in Denver.
Marcus Morris scored 21 points for Boston, in addition to also Jayson Tatum had 15. Al Horford in addition to also Jaylen Brown each added 14.
The Knicks, trying to win their third game in a row, were led by Enes Kanter, who had 17 points in addition to also 17 rebounds, in addition to also Kristaps Porzingis, who chipped in with 16 points. Porzingis added three blocked shots, the 20th straight game he has recorded a block.
The Knicks were again without guard Ron Baker, who will be out indefinitely after a magnetic resonance imaging examination showed a dislocation in addition to also torn labrum of his right shoulder. Baker injured his shoulder on Tuesday against the Nets in addition to also did not travel to Boston.
Morris left inside final minute of the third quarter when he landed hard after a dunk, sustaining a bruised left hip.
Boston carried a 50-45 lead into halftime in addition to also grabbed control by outscoring the Knicks by 31-20 inside third quarter. The Knicks trailed by as many as 33 inside closing period.
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