Rose Double-Double Guides Knicks Past Celtics, 117-106

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose of the New York Knicks

BOSTON – Derrick Rose scores a season high 30 points and also had 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the New York Knicks to a 117-106 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Complete Box Score

Rose, who stayed away from 3-pointer shooting in this one, shot 13-of-24 from the floor and also had two steals and blocked two shots for New York (19-24), which snapped a two-game losing streak.

“Just playing my game,” said Rose. “Just waiting for coach to call my number, just like tonight — he called my number.”

Willy Hernangomez added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Mindaugas Kuzminskas finished with 17 points and six rebounds, while Justin Holiday and Carmelo Anthony each scored 13 points for the Knicks, who lost the previous two meetings this season on Nov. 11 and on Christmas.

“It was a big win for us,” Anthony said afterward.

“To come in here and kind of put everything to the side in spite of what’s been surrounding the team, and really focus in on playing basketball and winning.”

The win was setup by Knicks’ advantage in the rebound column, finishing the contest with a 57-33 edge.

New York coach Jeff Hornacek added: “These guys are a determined bunch. They’ve had some bad breaks, we’ve had some bad games, but they stay in there together.”

Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 39 points to lead the Boston Celtics (26-16), who hadn’t lost to a lower-ranked team since the 121-114 home loss to Detroit on Nov. 30.

Jae Crowder ended with 21 points, Jaylen Brown scored 12 off the bench and Amir Johnson chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for the Celtics, who had won three straight and seven of the last eight overall entering this game.

“We didn’t have a look most of the night that you felt good about,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

New York, which played the game without injured starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah will entertain the Wizards on Thursday.

Boston host the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.


Dwayne is a former high school and college athlete who now enjoys life off the court and off the track. He is a former contributor for the News World weekly magazine and online website.

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