Knicks down Celtics with buzzer beater

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RJ Barrett has banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the New York Knicks a stirring 108-105 NBA comeback victory over the Boston Celtics.

Evan Fournier scored a career-high 41 points, and the Knicks overcame a 24-point, second-quarter deficit, to secure the home victory on Thursday night.

Jayson Tatum scored 36 points for Boston and tied the scores on a long step-back jumper with just over a second to play.

But the Knicks inbounded after a timeout, and Barrett banked in the long-distance shot to win.

"It was a tough shot, but every time I shoot I think it's going in," Barrett said. "Honestly, I didn't even see it because I fell. But just by everyone else's reaction I could tell. So that was cool."

The Knicks, who didn't lead for the first time until there were just over two minutes left, improved their second record to 19-20 and sit one spot above the Celtics (18-21) in the eastern conference.

Julius Randle scored 22 points for New York, Immanuel Quickley had 16, and Barrett 13.

Dennis Schroder added 20 points for Boston, and Jaylen Brown had 16.

"It wasn't about the last play again. It was everything leading up to it," Celtics coach Ime Udoka said.

"We need some leadership. Somebody that can calm us down and not get rattled when everything starts to go a little south. I think it snowballs between our guys."

In Phoenix, Chris Paul had a triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to help the short-handed Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-89.

The Suns (30-8) became the first team in the NBA to win 30 games this season and moved a game ahead of Golden State for the best record in the NBA.

The 36-year-old Paul had his 17th career triple double. The 13 rebounds were a career high in his 1,128th regular-season NBA game.

In New Orleans, Brandon Ingram broke out of a shooting slump with 32 points as New Orleans beat depleted Golden State 101-96, snappinga three-game skid.

Golden State superstar Stephen Curry was ruled out after hurting his left quad during a loss a night earlier in Dallas while teammate Draymond Green was out with a sore hip.

In Memphis, Ja Morant had 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Grizzlies coasted to a 118-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons - their seventh straight win.

The first returns were released Thursday in the All-Star voting and Morant is third among guards in the western conference.

It was another night of learning experience for Detroit, who have second-worst record in the NBA at 7-30.

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