From the Big Apple to Beantown: Celtics vs. Knicks History & Game Info

When Do the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks Play Next?

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Are the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks Rivals?

Yes, as two of the most historic franchises in the NBA, the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks have both a geographic and historic rivalry in the Eastern Conference. The rivalry dates back to 1946, when they first met. The two teams played each other for the first time in the NBA Playoffs in 1951.

Who are the Boston Celtics’ Biggest Rivals?

The Boston Celtics’ biggest rivals are the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers and Celtics each have 17 championships, and the two teams have played each other 12 times in the NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics have other rivalries in the Eastern Conference, most notably with the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards.

Who are the New York Knicks’ Biggest Rivals?

The New York Knicks have intense, long-standing rivalries with several teams in the Eastern Conference. Their biggest rivals are the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls. The Knicks have played teams like the Celtics, Heat and 76ers several times in the NBA playoffs.

Game Results Between the Celtics & Knicks

Between 1946 and 2023 the Celtics and Knicks have played 556 times, making it one of the oldest rivalries in the NBA. Boston holds the edge in all-time wins, 336-220. Additionally, each team has racked up 21 consecutive wins against the other at certain points.

DateHome TeamAway TeamLocationWinnerScore
10/25/2023KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston108-104
03/05/2023CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York131-129
02/27/2023KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York109-94
01/26/2023CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York120-117
11/05/2022KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston133-118
01/08/2022CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston99-75
01/06/2022KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York108-105
12/18/2021CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston114-107
10/20/2021KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York138-134
05/16/2021KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York96-92
04/07/2021CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston101-99
01/17/2021CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York105-75
12/01/2019KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston113-104
11/01/2019CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston104-102
10/26/2019KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston118-95
02/01/2019KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston113-99
12/06/2018CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston128-100
11/21/2018CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York117-109
10/20/2018KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston103-101
02/24/2018KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston121-112
01/31/2018CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston103-73
12/21/2017KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York102-93
10/24/2017CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston110-89
04/02/2017KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston110-94
01/18/2017CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York117-106
12/25/2016KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston119-114
11/11/2016CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston115-87
03/04/2016CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston105-104
02/02/2016KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston97-89
01/12/2016KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York120-114
12/27/2015CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston100-91
03/27/2015KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston96-92
02/25/2015CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston115-94
02/03/2015KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston108-97
12/12/2014CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York101-95
03/12/2014CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York116-92
01/28/2014KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York114-88
12/13/2013CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston90-86
12/08/2013KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston114-73
05/03/2013CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York88-80
05/01/2013KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston92-86
04/28/2013CelticsKnicksTD GardenBoston97-90
04/26/2013CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York90-76
04/23/2013KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York87-71
04/20/2013KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York85-78
03/31/2013KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York108-89
03/26/2013CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York100-85
01/24/2013CelticsKnicksTD GardenNew York89-86
01/07/2013KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenBoston102-96
04/17/2012KnicksCelticsMadison Square GardenNew York118-110

Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks History

The Knicks and Celtics have squared off 15 times in the NBA Playoffs going into the 2024 season. As a powerhouse in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the Knicks won the first three playoff series between both teams from 1951-1953, only losing two games to the Celtics in that span. However, the Celtics won the next four playoff series vs. the Knicks, including the 1969 Eastern Division Finals.

During the ‘60s, the Celtics went on an unprecedented run, winning every NBA championship between 1959 and 1966. During that span, the Knicks struggled, missing the playoffs each year from 1960-1966.

The Knicks bounced back in the early ‘70s, and they faced the Celtics in three straight Eastern Conference Finals from 1972-1974. The Knicks won the first two series in 1972 and 1973, the latter of which was en route to winning a championship. The Celtics got their revenge in 1974 on the way to winning their 12th title as a franchise.

In the 1984 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Celtics, led by Larry Bird, beat the New York Knicks in seven games. Each game in the series was won by the home team.

The last two times the Celtics and Knicks squared off in the playoffs were in the First Round in 2011 and 2013. The Celtics swept the Knicks in 2011 and the Knicks, led by Amar’e Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony, won in six games in 2013.

Where Do the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics Play?

The New York Knicks play at one of the most iconic arenas in all of American sports: Madison Square Garden. Located in the heart of Midtown in New York City, MSG or known simply as “the Garden” has been the host of the Knicks since 1968. MSG is also home to the NHL’s New York Rangers and occasionally hosts St. John’s Red Storm NCAA men’s basketball games. The arena briefly hosted the WNBA’s New York Liberty from 2014-2017.

The Boston Celtics also play at an arena locals refer to as “the Garden.” TD Garden has been the Celtics’ home since 1995. Replacing the old Boston Garden arena, TD Garden is still commonly referred to as the Boston Garden. The stadium houses 19,156 and also plays host to the NHL’s Boston Bruins.

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