MANCHESTER, N.H. — After swallowing three straight preseason losses, Brad Stevens finally tasted his first NBA victory Saturday night, when the rookie Celtics coach saw his team rout the New York Knicks, 111-81, at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
“If I’m not going to count those last three, I’m not going to count this one, I guess,” the former Butler coach said with a smile and shrug.
The Celtics’ decisive win came against a Knicks squad that was without Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Raymond Felton, so the win came with an asterisk.
That said, the Celtics played by far their best game of the preseason, offering a performance far improved from Friday, when Philadelphia pounded them, 97-85. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.