NBA 2018-19: 3 talking points from Boston Celtics' blowout win over New York Knicks
#2 Tim Hardaway Jr.'s valiant effort was not enough to drive the Knicks through
Hardaway has been averaging 20 points in the last 10 games he has played for New York, and he continued his show of consistency in this rout as well. He equaled Irving's total of 22 points on an ordinary 7 of 19 shooting from the floor, but was not able to make much of a difference to the Knicks' plight.
Everybody on the Knicks roster was put in rotation by Coach David Fizdale, but none could make a difference. Bona fide stars like Enes Kanter contributed just 14 points, and Emmanuel Mudiay shot 5 of 15 from the floor.
This was Hardaway's highest score in the past five games (played against Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Washington and Boston), but it still wasn't enough.
"Not going to win in this league giving up 30 points per quarter," Hardaway said after the match. "Need to do a better job as a team and individually, including myself."