Canada’s RJ Barrett bets on buzzer winning Trey to lift Knicks against Celtics


Canadian RJ Barrett bet on a 3-point buzzer to give the New York Knicks a 108-105 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

Evan Fournier scored 41 points, a career-high, and the Knicks overcame a 24-point deficit in the second quarter. The teams will finish the home and away game Saturday night in Boston.

Jayson Tatum scored 36 points for Boston. He tied it to a long sweater with just over a second to play. The Knicks came home after a timeout and Barrett relied on long-range shooting for the win.

Julius Randle added 22 points for New York, Immanuel Quickley had 16 and Barrett 13. The Knicks led just over two minutes from time.

Dennis Schroder added 20 points for Boston and Jaylen Brown has 16.

Robert Williams’ tip-in with 1:16 left in the first half gave the Celtics their final 24-point lead before the Knicks ended the quarter on an 8-0 streak to shoot at 63-47. Three consecutive points from Barrett, who finished with 13 points, and Fournier brought the Knicks down to under 10 to open the second half.

The Celtics restored a 20-point lead, 81-61, over Schroder’s 3-point game with 5:33 left in the third quarter. Fournier followed with 3s in a row, and the Knicks shot Quickley’s 3-point game 82-73 with 1:44 remaining.

Randle’s driving layup with 23 seconds remaining took the Knicks to 84-77 heading into the final quarter. Boston reduced their lead to eight points, but Fournier’s long jumper tied it at 96-96 with 4:04 to go.

The Knicks took their first lead, 99-98, over Fournier’s 3 with 2:06 to go.

After Tatum’s three-point play and Mitchell Robinson’s dunk, Quickley’s float gave the Knicks a 103-101 lead with 44 seconds left.

Schroder returned the ball on Boston’s next possession and Barrett made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left. Smart made two free throws with 15 seconds remaining and Randle made one with 12 seconds remaining. Tatum then made his sweater before Barrett finished it.

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