Celtics set dubious franchise record in woeful loss to Knicks


The NBA is a make-or-miss league, and the Boston Celtics did a whole lot of missing Sunday.

The New York Knicks obliterated the Celtics 105-75 at TD Garden, handing Boston one of its worst losses in recent memory.

How bad were the Celtics against Tom Thibodeau's Knicks defense? For starters, their 75 points tied their lowest point total of the Brad Stevens era. They also missed 39 3-pointers (7 of 46), which set a new franchise record.

Here's more ugly context: The Celtics' seven made threes were their fewest this season, while their 46 attempts were their third-most ever in regulation.

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Boston also shot 29.8% (25 for 84) from the floor, its worst shooting display in over 15 years. Not great!

Kemba Walker contributed to the cause, going 3 for 13 from the floor and 1 for 8 from 3-point range. Some rust was to be expected from the veteran guard in his first game back from a knee injury, but that rust apparently permeated the rest of the roster, as Jaylen Brown was the only Celtic to hit more than one 3-pointer.

The Knicks' D also deserves credit for stifling Boston, which had 50 points through three quarters and has had problems scoring on Thibodeau's teams in the past.

The 8-4 Celtics still sit second in the Eastern Conference after Sunday's loss, though, and will look to erase that game from their memories entering Wednesday's matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.