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5 takeaways as Jaylen Brown’s 32 points lead Celtics over Knicks in one of ‘better wins of the year’

The Boston Celtics claimed their third win in four attempts on Wednesday, holding off the New York Knicks for a 101-99 victory that boosted them back to the .500 mark.

Here’s what happened.

The big picture

The Celtics had to earn the victory, which Brad Stevens called one of their most physical games of the year. They never led or trailed by more than seven, and as the fourth quarter wound down, they leaned on their best players to bring it home. Marcus Smart’s 3-pointer in the final minute put the Celtics up three, and their defense forced tough shots as they locked up the victory from the free-throw line.