Tatum posted a game-high 30 points (10/23 shooting, 5/11 from the three-point range), along with six rebounds and seven assists, and helped his team earn the win at Madison Square Garden.
Julius Randle led the Knicks with 26 points. At 4-16, the Knicks have played 20 games this season after team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry announced they would watch the year at 10-game intervals. Clearly, that's not happening now, given where Knox and Trier stand, but if the Knicks walk out of this rigorous part of their schedule without a win, they could be 4-20 by December 11, before a battle of the worst records with Golden State.
The Celtics trailed by as many as 9 parts in the third quarter.
The Celtics replied with an 8-1 poke and pulled inner 73-71 on Walker's 3-pointer with 5: 16 left. Randle missed a 3-pointer on the Knicks' next possession, after which coach David Fizdale called timeout.
"There's two halves to a game", Brown said. "We didn't play as well as we wanted to play but it was tied at halftime".
Knox finished with 11 points and Damyean Dotson added 10 for the Knicks.
Celtics: Other than a 14-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in the season opener, every other Boston defeat this season has been by five points or less. The Celtics lead the all-time series against the Knicks 296-182, including a 160-64 advantage in NY.
Smart was then ruled out for the rest of the game, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston. The Celtics defeated the Knicks 104-102 in their last matchup on November 1.
End-of-match collapses are common this season, apparently for a variety of reasons, all of which seem to be related to the fact that the Knicks are either a young team or a young team in development, which is not necessarily the same thing. Nine different Boston players have had at least one start.
But there must be a moment, as soon as possible, when the Knicks begin to play with a level of maturity where they can play games like the one that escaped them against the Celtics. Contemporary York's Marcus Morris had started the first 19 but missed Sunday's sport with cervical spasms.