Knicks vs. Celtics: Score, Highlights, Reaction from 2017 Regular Season

January 18th, 2017 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Playing the red-hot Boston Celtics without Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah and Lance Thomas, it would have been understandable—and expected at this point—if the New York Knicks phoned things in.

A few unsung heroes had other plans.

The Knicks got 55 points from their bench, including 17 from Willy Hernangomez, as they held on for a 117-106 win Wednesday in Boston.

Derrick Rose led all Knicks with 30 points in perhaps his best performance since joining the team. Rose added 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals and knocked down 13 of his 24 shots. It's just the second time the former MVP has hit the 30-point barrier since joining the team. The NBA provided a highlight from a vintage Rose layup:

Still, it was team's non-stars who took their extra playing time and shined. Mindaugas Kuzminskas, starting in place of Porzingis, scored 17 points and carried the offense for stretches in the first half. The 27-year-old rookie has scored in double figures in three of the last four games.

Daily Knicks thought Jeff Hornacek's rotation changes were paying dividends:

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