The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, two of the original franchises from when the NBA got its start 75 seasons ago, tipped off the 2021-22 season tonight. Jaylen Brown had transcendent first and fourth quarters, but it wasn’t enough to topple the Knicks in a 138-134 loss that went to double OT. Julius Randle gave the Celtics plenty of work himself, putting up a sensational 35 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in a losing effort. Kemba Walker never really got it going in his debut for the Knicks, but Evan Fournier proved why he was an early target for the Knicks, backing up Randle with 32 points.
The Knicks got their largest lead of the night midway through the fourth, and the Celtics basically handed them that with sloppy turnovers.