Tatum scores 24, Celtics edge Knicks

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Aussie big man Aron Baynes left Sunday's (AEDT) game against the New York Knicks in the first half and was later ruled out for the remainder of the gamer after halftime.

"Thinking about playing with (Kristaps Porzingis)". Summer will come early in NY for the lottery-bound Knicks.

"But yeah, of course, NY was a strong consideration".

Leonard averaged 27.5 points and 11 rebounds in his first two games with Toronto after arriving in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs.

While Washington largely relies on the same core of players, it so far has not been able to suit up its most significant off-season acquisition, centre Dwight Howard, who missed all of training camp and the preseason and has sat out the team's first two games with a sore backside.

Jayson Tatum (0) of the Boston Celtics leaves the court after the game against the New York Knicks on October 20, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

At a season-ticket-holder event last month, Irving announced his intention to re-sign with the Celtics. He pulled up for a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc and Tatum jumped to contest it, fouling Burke for three free throws that could have tied it. NY made 12 three-pointers, including five from Tim Hardaway Jr., who led his team with 24 points.

With 1:37 left, and Boston up four, Kanter stripped Celtics guard Marcus Smart in the lane, but got called for his sixth and final foul. Walker finished with 39 points. Knicks forward Lance Thomas hit a three-pointer to cut it to one with just under a minute remaining before Tatum hit his clutch turnaround.

NY tied the game nine times in the second half, but their biggest lead of the game was one point, because each time they evened the score, Boston responded-whether it was Tatum, Irving (16 points, 5 assists), or Marcus Morris (16 points, 6 rebounds).

Tatum dodged potential disaster with 1.9 seconds left, when he fouled Burke on a desperation 3-pointer from just inside half-court.

Raptors: Never trailed by more than five points. The Knicks said X-rays on his ankle were negative.

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