CELTICS 109 KNICKS 98 | TIMES UNION CENTER - ALBANY
How it happened:
A golden opportunity was presented to the young players competing for a spot with Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, and Jason Kidd all sitting out Saturday’s contest against the Celtics.
It quickly became the Chris Copeland show as the 28-year old took advantage of his court time in Albany. Copeland scored 23 of his of his 34 points in the first half.
Boston rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Knicks 29-15 en route to a 109-98 win. New York was in control for most of the contest and even held a 12-point lead with 5:26 left in the first half. Riding Jeff Green, Jason Terry, and Courtney Lee late in the contest, Boston overcame the deficit to improve to 3-4 in the exhibition season. The Knicks fell to 2-2 in preseason action.
Head coach Mike Woodson wanted to rest the majority of his starters, considering the team entered a back-to-back situation for the first time in the preseason and another contest in Syracuse on Monday night.
Raymond Felton started at the point guard spot along with Rajon Rondo on the opposite side of the floor. The Knicks signal caller scored six points and dished out seven assists in just 14 minutes.
James White scored 16 points in the starting lineup and Steve Novak dropped 15 off the bench.
Boston rested Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to conserve their energy for the second of a back-to-back Sunday night against the 76ers.
Copeland jumped off the bench and scored his 34 points in impressive fashion. In only 37 minutes, the forward hit 11-of-18 shots from the floor, 3-of-4 from downtown and all nine of his free throw attempts. Additionally, Copeland hauled down six boards and recorded two steals.
The Knicks jumped back on a plane to Syracuse for the third destination on the current three-game road trip. On Sunday, the squad will practice and then face the 76ers at Anthony’s former school on Monday evening.