Was that a crazy game or what? The New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics transported fans back into 90s NBA with their grind-it-out, cardiac arrest-inducing, see-saw affair at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
Both teams refused to budge, needing 10 extra minutes to decide the winner. In the end, the Knicks escaped with a 138-134 victory, surviving the huge output by Celtics guard Jaylen Brown.
With Jayson Tatum misfiring all game, Brown carried the fight for Beantown with a career-high 46 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three steals in 46 exhausting minutes. Still, his numbers weren’t enough to get the W on the road. But for what it’s worth, Brown joined an elite club.
According to ESPN Statistics & Information, the Celtics star joined Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Michael Jordan, and World B. Free as the only players in NBA history with at least 45 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a season opener.
Jaylen Brown joined Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Michael Jordan and World B. Free as the only players with 45 points, 5 rebounds & 5 assists in a season opener. Jordan was the only player to get the win. pic.twitter.com/TO0gXiAIsY
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 21, 2021
Despite the tough loss, it was one heck of a comeback game for Brown, who missed the latter part of last season because of a left wrist injury. He was having a stellar campaign for the Celtics, even making it to his first All-Star Game, before he was sidelined.
But now, it’s clear Brown is fully healthy again. The Celtics can take a much-needed rest and then bounce back on Friday against the Toronto Raptors.