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Celtics beat the Knicks 133-123 with Derrick White's 30 points leading the charge.

A 133-123 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night was led by Derrick White's 30 points and Kristaps Porzingis' 21 as he returned from a four-game absence due to a strained left calf. For Boston, which has improved to a perfect 10-0 record at home, Jayson Tatum scored 25 points, drew six rebounds and added five assists. Jaylen Brown scored 17 points for the Celtics before being ejected after receiving two technical fouls.

Being criticized by coach Tom Thibodeau for their weak defense after a blowout loss to Milwaukee in the NBA’s In-Season Tournament quarterfinals earlier in the week, the Knicks gave up 109 points through three quarters on Friday.

As a result of Boston's strong ball movement, it opened up a number of open looks on 3s and when it was trying to get the ball inside, New York offered little resistance to it.

The Knicks were led by RJ Barrett and Jalen Brunson with 23 points each. Immanuel Quickley had 17 points and Julius Randle had 20 for New York, which lost for the second time in a row.

When healthy, the Celtics are one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA behind Tatum, Brown, and Porzingis. Nevertheless, with other role players like Jrue Holiday who is a defensive menace and White who can get hot from the three line at any moment, watch out for this team.

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