The Knicks’ five-game losing streak is over. All it took was a fight with the best team in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics lacked Jayson Tatum and looked out of place, and the Knicks took advantage and brought the energy to escape with a 105-75 dominated win Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.
The Knicks (6-8) have never been at a disadvantage, driving up to 37 points to get out of their funk and give coach Tom Thibodeau a gift for his 63rd birthday.
The defense led the way, keeping the Celtics (8-4) at a seasonal low of points. Despite their recent fights, the Knicks now win the Celtics and the Bucks, two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Julius Randle (20 points, 12 rebounds), RJ Barrett (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Immanuel Quickley (17 points, eight assists) fueled the Knicks while Obi Toppin scored 12 career points in the winning effort.