CELTICS 115 KNICKS 111 OVERTIME| TD GARDEN
How it happened:
A topsy-turvy Eastern Conference showdown between the Knicks and Celtics featured key runs by both teams. Entering the contest, only two points separated the teams in each of their previous two games. Sunday’s matinee was no different, ending with a spectacular finish in Beantown.
Boston narrowly escaped its home floor with a 115-111 overtime victory over the Knicks. Carmelo Antony led New York with 25 points, Amar’e Stoudmeire chipped in 16, and Jeremy Lin finished with 14 points, five assists, and four rebounds.
Trailing by seven points with 11:10 remaining in the game, New York inched its way back into the contest after Lin connected on a layup off of a loose ball and then drilled a wide open 3-pointer to knock the Celtics lead down to 96-95 at the 2:07 mark.
On an Anthony drive to the rack, New York snatched the advantage for the first time in the final stanza with the scoreboard reading 99-98. Paul Pierce would answer with a jumper over Lin before Anthony sunk a bucket of his own to hand New York a 101-100 lead with 35.4 left in the quarter.
Following an errant fadeaway from Pierce, Steve Novak was fouled pushing the Knicks on top 103-100 with 18.1 seconds on the clock. Pierce then found some daylight over the outstretched arms of Iman Shumpert and drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 103-103. Anthony missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer, which led to the overtime session.
Stoudemire started out the extra period with a jumper to provide New York with a 105-103 lead. Two key plays buried the Knicks as Ray Allen netted a 3-pointer in transition and then a layup to give the Celtics a 110-105 edge, which they never relinquished.
Boston improved to 19-17 while the Knicks dropped to 18-19. The season series is now 2-1 in the Celtics' favor with the final contest taking place at Madison Square Garden.
The New York bench was extremely effective once again with a combined 45 points. Baron Davis was solid off the pine, recording seven assists in the defeat.
Anthony was aggressive in the early stages of the game, reaching the rim from off the ball movement. In the late stages, he was counted on to take some difficult perimeter shots, leading to the 8-for-21 performance. Anthony posted nine of his 25 at the charity stripe and snagged seven boards.
The Knicks are off to Dallas following the first stop on the four-game road trip. After a day in Dallas on Monday, the team will square off against the defending champs on Tuesday night.