By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 114, CELTICS 88 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
After flexing their muscles against the Bobcats and Lakers, the Knicks continued to roll tonight at home against the Atlantic Division rival Celtics. Boston -- the same team that defeated the Knicks by 41 points in the same building earlier this year -- was simply no match for New York in this one.
The Knicks blasted the Celtics, using a 15-0 first quarter run to put the game out of reach early. Carmelo Anthony had 17 of his 24 points in the first half and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and eight rebounds heading into the break.
As representitives from the two Super Bowl teams looked on from the stands, the home team had established an insurmountable 63-37 lead after 24 minutes.
Everything was clicking -- New York had dished out 19 assists as a team before the 3rd quarter -- and Coach Mike Woodson's team hung on to cruise to victory.
Once again, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. were electric off the bench, combining for 33 points on 24 shots.
The only negative on the night was the injury list, which continued to grow as the game went on. First, Iman Shumpert left with a sprained should after playing less than nine minutes. Then it was Kenyon Martin, who went down with a sprained ankle in his first game back from the same injury. It was announced at halftime that Beno Udrih would also not play because of illness.
Knick of the Night:
Jeremy Tyler gets the nod for scoring a career-high 17 points in the win. With the Knicks' injury issues in the front court, Tyler's emergence could turn out to be crucial.
The Knicks look to stay hot against Kyrie Irving and the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night at MSG.