KNICKS 108 Celtics 89 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
Half court shots fell, bombs were dropped from downtown, and the Celtics felt the wrath of a Knicks squad riding the league’s longest win streak.
New York continued its stellar play on Sunday evening at the Garden with a 108-89 victory over Boston.
In a carbon copy of the previous two games, the Knicks buried their opponent in a deep hole in the first half by capturing a 65-48 lead at the break. Raymond Felton’s 49-foot off the glass trey at the buzzer was icing on the cake during New York’s 37-point second quarter.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers featured an unconventional starting lineup with Kevin Garnett sidelined, starting Avery Bradley and Paul Pierce in the backcourt and placing Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, and Chris Wilcox in the frontcourt.
The big Boston lineup had no effect on the Knicks' starting unit that has found chemistry during Tyson Chandler’s 10-game absence. New York is 8-2 with Chandler in street clothes due to a neck injury.
The dynamic duo of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith combined for 39 points and 22 rebounds. Felton added 18 and Chris Copeland dropped 22 off the pine.
The Knicks jumped up to the No. 2 spot in the latest Eastern Conference standings while improving to 46-26 on the season. Boston fell to 38-25 in the seventh spot in the standings. If the playoffs started today, New York and the Celtics would square off in the first round.
Knick of the Night:
Two Knicks receive the honor tonight. Anthony scored 24 points on 9-for-19 shooting in 27 minutes of court time. Smith and Anthony attacked the glass to help New York win the battle of the boards 41-37. Smith ripped down 12 rebounds and Anthony snatched 10 in the win.
The Knicks average first half margin lead over their last three games is 17.3 points. The home squad also drained 14-of-27 3-pointers tonight.
New York will most likely receive its toughest tests on the road for the remainder of the season. It all starts on Tuesday night against the defending champs in the final matchup against the Heat in Miami.