Brad Stevens will celebrate his first NBA coaching victory when it counts.
Stevens was content to focus on the improvement the Boston Celtics made from one night to the next in a 111-81 preseason victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Boston was winless in its first three exhibition games under Stevens, who was hired away from Butler to take over the storied franchise at the age of 36.
''If I'm not going to count those last three, I can't count this one I guess,'' Stevens joked.
The Celtics scored at least 24 points in every quarter, shot 54 percent and - most importantly - looked little like the team that lost to Philadelphia 97-85 the night before.
''We got the ball up the floor. We played with good pace. I just thought we didn't labor as much offensively as we did yesterday,'' Stevens said.
The Celtics capitalized on a short-handed version of the Knicks, who were playing their third game in four nights and rested Carmelo Anthony and most of his veteran teammate...