Stevens added that there are no plans in place to rest Hayward regularly on the second night of back-to-back games. He said Hayward, who broke his ankle past year in the season opener, was just experiencing general soreness Saturday and didn't think it was anything overly concerning. Marcus Morris and Kylie Irving had 16 points apiece for Boston while Aron Baynes and Terry Rozier had 10 points each.
With Kawhi Leonard off for the night, Kyle Lowry delivered 28 points and 12 assists on Saturday to help the Toronto Raptors improve to 3-0 with a 117-113 victory over the Washington Wizards.
The last-minute loss was the second in as many nights for NY, which fell to the Brooklyn Nets, 107-105, on Friday, when Hardaway missed the potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.
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Hayward has averaged just over 24 minutes of playing time in the Celtics' first two games.
Boston seemed to be regaining control early in the fourth quarter but again the Knicks came back, tying it at 89 on consecutive 3-pointers by Hardaway. Irving grew up in the New Jersey area, and the Knicks internally had the superstar guard as their No. 1 free agent target.
Tatum grabbed the rebound and with the clock running down made a tough turnaround jumper for a 101-98 lead with 21 seconds to go. After making the second, he intentionally missed the third.