Earlier this week, the Celtics plunged a long blade deep into the heart of the New York Knicks.
On Friday night, the Celtics grabbed the handle and twisted it a little, just for fun.
Both Celtics’ wins might have been more satisfying for their fans because the Knicks are a sad, dysfunctional waste of talent, but the Celtics will gladly take the pair of notches in the win column.
But Friday’s victory came about in different fashion than the one earned six days earlier in New York, where the Celtics slaughtered the Knicks by 41 points at Madison Square Garden, their largest victory there ever.
No, the rematch at TD Garden fell on Friday the 13th, so of course, it was a thriller.
The Celtics came out on top, again, 90-86, but, to them, it still tasted just as sweet after they came back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, closing the game on a 22-7 run.
“This team is No. 1 in our division for reason,” Knicks guard J.R. Smith said of the Celtics.
The win snapped a two-game Celtics’ skid and bumped the team’s record to 11-14. The Knicks fell to 6-16.