The Knicks came up to TD Garden just more than two weeks ago and pulled off a victory not many saw coming.
They took advantage of a terrible shooting night for the Celtics and stormed to a 26-point lead in the first half before withstanding a late Boston charge to escape with the victory.
The Celtics got their revenge Thursday night.
Boston's offense clicked from the start and the Celtics rolled to a 128-100 blowout win over the Knicks.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
It was the Celtics' fourth straight win. After getting off to a rocky start, they're beginning to become more of the Eastern Conference threat they were expected to be.
The Knicks (8-18) had a rough night on both ends of the floor. They shot just 39.6 percent from the floor and 34.3 percent from the perimeter.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 22 points on 7-of-19 shooting, including 6-of-13 from the perimeter.
Kyrie Irving, who's a free agent after the season and would likely be high on the Knicks' wishlist, finished with team-high 22 points and eight assists.
For the Knicks to have any chance at luring a free agent like Irving or Kevin Durant next summer, they'll have to take steps toward becoming a destination where stars would want to play.
David Fizdale believes the organization has made progress.
The Knicks coach said that with team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry, he believes the perception of the organization has changed.
"What I think we've done together with Steve and Scott and (owner James) Dolan and myself and all our staff is we changed the perception of how we operate and how we treat each other and what's important," Fizdale said. "I think that's the first step in getting people to come to New York. When they see we have a really tight ship, really take care of our guys, our guys get better and get a lot of attention."
That hasn't been the case in years.
The Knicks' prolonged losing, coupled with the organizational chaos that's affected the team's perception for the better part of the last 20 years, has hurt its ability to attract game-changing stars.
The team's current regime is trying to put all of that in the past.
"We all know each other around the league so I get a lot of people from different people about just what people think about us, how hard our kids play, the fact that we have a no-quit attitude," Fizdale said. "Obviously Scott and Steve have great reputations with different people around the league and hopefully my relationships will be another way to come and bring it all together."
The Knicks in the past have too often gone for quick fixes, mortgaging their future by trading away assets for aging stars on bad contracts.
That's something else the current regime is determined to avoid. The front office has preached patience as the Knicks follow their plan.
Fizdale said Dolan has been on board with that mission.
"It's truly, no one's getting out sorts about anything," Fizdale said. "This is exactly what we talked about step by step from the beginning. Mr. Dolan's big thing is, are we sticking to our process. We are. That's been the good part about it. Our guys are working hard getting better. Our situation with our roster is where we want it. Our star's getting healthy. When the time comes for free agency and all of those things, I think we're gonna be in a good position."
Time will tell whether this process is successful, or if the Knicks do become an attractive spot for big-time free agents.
The Knicks are hopeful, but there's no guarantee it works.
In the meantime, they're just focused on trying to make progress.
"We have to sustain it," Fizdale said. "I'm not sitting here celebrating it from the standpoint of we've arrived or we got this whole thing figured out. It's just I felt we're doing it the right way step by step, piece by piece. We can't get to the end of this tomorrow. We got to go through everything, we got to build it the right way and not skip any steps."