Credit: AP-Scanpix
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Josh Richardson scored 27 points, Jayson Tatum finished with 25 and nine rebounds and the Boston Celtics (15-15) held off the visiting New York Knicks (13-17) 114-107 (32-18, 30-29, 24-41, 28-19) in a matchup of COVID-ravaged teams on Saturday night.

Player of the Game
Josh  Richardson
EFF
29
Josh Richardson
Points 27
Accuracy 9-14
Rebounds 5
Assists 4

Jaylen Brown contributed 23 points, Payton Pritchard added 16 and Robert Williams III scored 15 with eight rebounds for the Celtics. Boston won for the second time in three games after losing four of its previous five.

Former Celtics guards Evan Fournier (32 points) and Kemba Walker (29 points) led the Knicks in their return to Boston. Julius Randle totaled 20 points, nine boards, and seven assists and Alec Burks scored 19 for New York, which has dropped eight of 10.

A combined 12 players between New York and Boston were sidelined for the game in the NBA's health and safety COVID-19 protocols.

Knicks guards RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Miles McBride, and Quinten Grimes, and forwards Obi Toppin and Kevin Knox II all missed the game in COVID protocol. Derrick Rose (sore right ankle) was also sidelined for New York.

Boston had only 10 active players with center Al Horford, forwards Grant Williams, Jabari Parker, Juancho Hernangomez and Sam Hauser, and guard Brodric Thomas in the protocol. Guards Dennis Schroder (non-COVID illness) and Romeo Langford (neck pain) were also out.

Boston led by as many as 16 in the first half and held a 62-47 advantage at halftime.

New York opened the third quarter on a 15-2 run and outscored the hosts 41-24 in the period to take an 88-86 lead after three.

Richardson's 3-pointer with 10:16 remaining put the Celtics ahead 91-89 and sparked a 16-8 surge to push their lead to seven.

Burks' trey with 4:15 left pulled the Knicks within 105-102 before back-to-back layups by Williams III.

A 9-5 push to end the game sealed the win for Boston.

Boston plays the fourth of five straight games at home against Philadelphia on Monday. New York opens a three-game homestand versus Detroit on Tuesday night.

Celtics: Josh Richardson 27 (5 REB), Jason Tatum 25 (9 REB), Jaylen Brown 23 (5 AST), Payton Pritchard 16, Robert Williams 15 (8 REB).

Knicks: Evan Fournier 32 (5 REB), Kemba Walker 29 (6 REB), Julius Randle 20 (9 REB, 7 AST), Alec Burks 19 (6 REB).

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Boston Celtics
New York Knicks
47%
42/89
Field goals
44%
35/80
53
Rebounds
49
23
Assists
18
6
Steals
8
3
Blocks
6
115
Efficiency
102

Best players

Josh  Richardson
27 PTS
9/14 FG
4/5 FT
Evan  Fournier
32 PTS
13/24 FG
2/2 FT
Jayson  Tatum
9 REB
7 DREB
2 OREB
Julius  Randle
9 REB
9 DREB
0 OREB
Boston Celtics
Few players
5 As
Julius  Randle
7 As
4 TO
41 MIN
Josh  Richardson
29 EFF
57% 2P%
71% 3P%
Evan  Fournier
24 EFF
64% 2P%
40% 3P%