The Knicks needed a hero.
New York squandered much of their quick 13-2 advantage to start the game, but managed to hold on to a four-point lead at halftime despite Kristaps Porzingis being held scoreless on 0-10 shooting. The Celtics would quickly take the lead in the third quarter as Kristaps exited the game with 1 point and a buttload of foul trouble. With Boston leading by nine, the game was quickly getting out of reach.
Michael Beasley’s time had come.
SuperCool Beas absolutely decimated the Celtics’ No. 1-ranked defense in the third and fourth quarters. By the time the smoke cleared, he had put up 32 points in just 24 minutes of game time. It was a performance without precedent in club history.
Micheal Beasley is the first player in Knicks franchise history to score more than 30 points and grab more 10 rebounds in less than 25 minutes.— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) December 22, 2017
To the Beasley highlights!
Beas buckets.— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 22, 2017
89-81 with 4 min to go. pic.twitter.com/GTUvBHYGlh
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 22, 2017
86-79 lead for the orange & blue. pic.twitter.com/LwHbo3mnZX
But Beasley was not alone. Rookie stud Frank Ntilikina also showed out for the Knicks down the stretch, using his octopus tentacles to smother Kyrie Irving.
Ntilikina defense pic.twitter.com/ia3TrL0XI0— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) December 22, 2017
Turkish dissident Enes Kanter finished the game with a double-double.
Double-double at the half for @Enes_Kanter. pic.twitter.com/x7OisKjy7x— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 22, 2017
But the night belonged to Beasley. Gather your children ‘round the fire and tell them of his excellence.
Recap to come.