Immanuel Quickley Erupts for 38 Points As Knicks Outlast Celtics in Double OT Thriller

Immanuel Quickley Erupts for 38 Points As Knicks Outlast Celtics in Double OT Thriller

Edwin Kiplagat
March 6, 2023 at 8:32 AM
  • The New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 131-129 in a double-overtime thriller
  • Immanuel Quickly stole the show, scoring 38 points for the visitors in 55 minutes
  • The Knicks are now fifth in the East, just one game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers

Immanuel Quickley stole the show to help the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 131-129 in double overtime to register their ninth straight win.

He finished with 38 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and four steals in 55 minutes, successfully filling the shoes of injured star, Jalen Brunson.

Immanuel Quickley, New Yorke Knicks, Boston Celtics, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum
Immanuel Quickley starred in place of Jalen Brunson. Photo by Brian Fluharty.
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The hero against Miami Heat on Friday, Julius Randle had 31 points, while RJ Barrett added 29. The Knicks got 16 points from the bench through Josh Hart and Obi Toppin.

The win bumped the New Yorkers' record to 39-27. They are fifth in the Eastern Conference while the Celtics have now lost three of their last four games.

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MVP candidate, Jayson Tatum led all Celtics scorers with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. Jaylen Brown added 29 points, and Al Horford finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, per ESPN.

Quickley takes over

Quickley never went to the bench after half-time and seemed to have more energy than everyone else. He was phenomenal in both overtime periods, scoring the Knicks' first seven points of the second overtime.

In this period, the visitors had a two-point lead and the ball but were called for a 24-second violation with 22.2 seconds remaining. Celtics coach, Joe Mazzulla then called timeout with 10.2 seconds left.

Hart fouled Tatum with 6.8 seconds remaining. The MVP contender found Horford in the corner, but the big man failed to connect with a potential game-winning three.

After the game, Quickley said he was exhausted as the adrenaline wore off, via Newsday:

"I was exhausted. It was great. Sunday, in TD Garden, it don’t get better than that. I was telling Julius that before the second overtime. I was like, 'It don’t get better than this. We’re on national TV in the Garden'. Other than Madison, this is probably my favorite place to play, so I had a lot of fun."

The Knicks have a chance to win their 10th straight game when they face the Charlotte Hornets on March 7.

Knicks beat Celtics

Sports Brief earlier reported on the Knicks beating the Celtics 109-94 at Madison Square Garden.

The game saw Tatum pick up his first career ejection in a frustrating game for the MVP candidate.

He went 6-of-18 from the field and shot just one free throw, while six Knicks scored in double digits.

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