BOSTON – – Josh Richardson scored a season-high 27 points, Jayson Tatum had 25 and the Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks 114-107 on Saturday night with each team missing six players because of COVID-19 protocols.
Kemba Walker, who played for Boston the last two seasons, started for the Knicks and scored a season-high 29 points before fouling out. “It is what it is. I’m here for my team, I’m here for my teammates. That’s what I’m here for.”
Asked if he wants to stay in New York, he said: “I want to play. I don’t know. It is what it is.I do feel like I have a lot to give, still.
Richardson’s 3-pointer early in the final quarter gave Boston the lead for good, 91-89. The Celtics made it 104-97 on Tatum’s 3-point play with 5:35 to play.
“He played well. Fournier played 16 games with the Celtics last season after coming over in a trade from Orlando.