Stats to know from the Knicks' buzzer-beating win over the Celtics

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There's ne'er a dull infinitesimal successful New York City basketball. 

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After a thrilling buzzer-beater courtesy of RJ Barrett, the 108-105 triumph implicit the Celtics at Madison Square Garden, sees the Knicks leapfrog Boston into the past play-in effect successful the Eastern Conference. 

The Knicks, who were down by arsenic overmuch arsenic 25 to Boston (more connected that later) were led by Evan Fournier's career-high 41 points (10-of-14 from 3-point range), and Julius Randle chimed successful with 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Jayson Tatum led the mode for Boston with 36 points but it wasn't enough.

Let's instrumentality a look astatine immoderate of the evening's most interesting stats. 

10: Evan Fournier's 3-pointers

Fournier was unconscious from agelong range, connecting connected 10 of his 14 attempts from agelong distance. The past Knick to beryllium truthful prolific successful a crippled from 3-point range? Of course, it's J.R. Smith. 

Evan Fournier career-high night:

41 PTS
15-25 FG
10-14 3P

That ties JR Smith for the Knicks grounds for threes successful a game. Google it if you don’t judge us. pic.twitter.com/fXxBUpAlO8

— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 7, 2022

Smith knocked down 10 3's against Miami successful 2014.

35: Fournier's points mean this play vs. Knicks

In 3 games against the Celtics this season, Fournier is playing a hellhole of a batch amended against his erstwhile nine than he is against different teams. 

Evan Fournier this season

Against the Celtics (3 games):
35.0 PPG
6.7 3PG
55.4 FG%
54.1 3P%

Against everyone else:
11.7 PPG
2.3 3PG
38.6 FG%
35.5 3P% pic.twitter.com/tiPONu3RO5

— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 7, 2022

Fournier has scored 30 oregon much conscionable thrice this play and each those games person travel against the Celtics.

10: Years since Knicks past game-winning buzzer-beater 

Wow, it appears that a batch of things haven't happened to the Knicks since J.R. Smith near - marque of that what you volition - but RJ Barrett's game-winning buzzer-beater 3-pointer was the archetypal since J.R. Smith iced this crippled for the Knicks successful Phoenix mode backmost successful 2012. 

He's also the archetypal Knicks subordinate to marque a game-winning buzzer-beater astatine MSG since David Lee successful Dec. 2006. Each of the erstwhile 3 Knicks game-winning buzzer-beaters were connected the road.

Barrett had a mediocre shooting nighttime against the C's - helium was conscionable 3-of-14 from the tract anterior to the shot, but helium intelligibly makes the astir important ones, americium I right? 

What a changeable by RJ !!!
Great triumph astatine location tonight.

— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) January 7, 2022

16: Celtics clutch losses this season

Boston is starting to make a inclination to suffer absorption during a game. This nonaccomplishment was the 4th clip this play that they person mislaid a crippled erstwhile starring by 15 points oregon much - the lone different broadside to bash truthful is the Pelicans, and well, that speaks volumes.

Boston has mislaid six of their past seven games that went to clutch clip (score wrong 5 points successful past 5 minutes of the game), and well, that isn't large either. Overall, the C's person mislaid 16 of their 23 games that person gone to the clutch. 

Needless to say, manager Ime Udoka was not pleased post-game. 

"It's been the aforesaid result. We deficiency immoderate benignant of intelligence toughness there," he said.  "We request idiosyncratic to enactment calm late. Not idiosyncratic adding to it erstwhile things commencement to get sped up. At times it feels similar everyone tries to bash it connected their own."

The Celtics articulation the Lakers as the lone teams to stroke a 25-point lead this season. 

2: Knicks' 25-point comeback wins successful past 25 seasons

When the Knicks spell down large - specifically by 25 points oregon much - history suggests they won't triumph the game. 

The Knicks WERE 1-229 erstwhile trailing by 25+ points successful a crippled implicit the past 25 seasons (came backmost from a 26-point shortage against the Bucks connected March 14, 2004). pic.twitter.com/1531oL1AJ3

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 7, 2022

The lone different squad to overturn a 25-point shortage this play was the Thunder coming from down to bushed the Lakers. The Celtics get a accidental astatine a rematch with the Knicks successful a mates of days on Saturday astatine TD Garden. 

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