On Saturday afternoon, the news that various stars will sit for their night games started trickling out.
The second-year forward showed it with his calm response to his botched dunk with the Celtics clinging to a one-point lead.More news: Chef fired after serving kangaroo meat to Nebraska students
Tatum was nails again with 7.9 seconds to go when he calmly sunk a pair of free throws to swell Boston's advantage to 103-100. They had trouble getting the ball inbounded from the sideline, and Knicks guard Trey Burke had to race into the backcourt to retrieve it as the clocked ran down.
Tatum dodged potential disaster with 1.9 seconds left, when he fouled Burke on a desperation 3-pointer from just inside half-court.
But he missed the first and the Knicks couldn't grab the rebound when he intentionally missed the third. Down 10 with seven minutes to play, the Wizards became irate at a non-call as John Wall tripped in transition.More news: Meghan Markle Reveals Her First Job & It's Totally Relatable
- Gordon Hayward was inactive Saturday, which wasn't originally in Boston's plans.
- Tatum recorded his first double-double of the season with a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with his 24 points.
Irving and Marcus Morris each added 16 points for the Celtics, who rebounded from their loss in Toronto on Friday night. The young forward is off to a strong start to the season on the glass, as he logged nine rebounds in each of Boston's first two games.More news: Biden says American values are being ‘shredded’ under Trump