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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks never could contain Jaylen Brown and on the last play of regulation completely lost track of Marcus Smart.

New York Knicks' Julius Randle (30) shoots over Boston Celtics' Aaron Nesmith (26) as Jayson Tatum (0) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) © Provided by Associated Press New York Knicks' Julius Randle (30) shoots over Boston Celtics' Aaron Nesmith (26) as Jayson Tatum (0) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

More mistakes than they'd like, but not enough to ruin their season opener.

“At the end of the day, we found a way to win a game,” Julius Randle said.

Randle scored 35 points, Evan Fournier made the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime and added 32 against his former team, and the Knicks outlasted Brown and the Boston Celtics 138-134 on Wednesday night.

Brown scored a career-high 46 points after overcoming COVID-19, playing 46 minutes after spending most of the last 10 days in quarantine.

“My breathing felt irregular but fine for the most part,” Brown said. “Toward the end I could feel my heart beating through my chest.

New York Knicks' Evan Fournier (13) shoots over Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) © Provided by Associated Press New York Knicks' Evan Fournier (13) shoots over Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

“It would have bene better if we got a win,” he added.

The Celtics almost did.

Jayson Tatum had the biggest basket of his awful opener with a three-point play that gave Boston a 134-133 lead with 1:05 remaining. Fournier then hit his fourth 3-pointer of the overtimes with 56 seconds to go and Derrick Rose finished it off with a basket with 22 seconds to play as the Knicks finally put away a game they seemed to have won much earlier.

New York Knicks' Kemba Walker (8) celebrates with RJ Barrett (9) after making a three point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) © Provided by Associated Press New York Knicks' Kemba Walker (8) celebrates with RJ Barrett (9) after making a three point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

“It was crazy,” Fournier said.

The Celtics put together a push late in regulation of their first game under coach Ime Udoka and Smart tied it with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

RJ Barrett scored all of his 19 points after halftime and Obi Toppin added a career-best 14 for the Knicks. Kemba Walker had 10 points and eight rebounds against his previous team.

New York Knicks' Alec Burks (18) defends Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) © Provided by Associated Press New York Knicks' Alec Burks (18) defends Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Tatum had 20 points and 11 rebounds, but was 7 for 30 from the field, including 2 for 15 from 3-point range. The U.S. Olympic gold medalist missed badly on a jumper that could have won it at the end of the first overtime and often left Brown needing to do more than expected after his absence.


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