The New York Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics on the road, 116-92.
The Knicks’ win streak was extended to five games, matching the longest win streak of the season from Jan. 5-13. With the win, the Knicks took possession of the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference — 3.0 games back of the Atlanta Hawks of the No. 8 seed — and finished the season series with Boston at 2-2.
Without the likes of Amare’ Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler in the frontcourt, center Cole Adrich notched his first double-double in his Knicks career, scoring 12 points and hauling in 10 rebounds. Even without Stat and Chandler, the Knicks out-rebounded Boston 47-38. Aldrich had a game-high three blocks.
Entering the contest, Boston had held opponents to shooting 19.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Knicks shot 57.9 percent from downtown and 52.5 percent from the floor overall.
The Knicks have eclipsed the 100-point scoring mark in each of the past five games, all resulting in victories. New York has held its opponents to under 100 points in three of those games, including Wednesday’s win vs. Boston.
The 68 points New York scored in the first half marked a season high, and the Knicks took a 20-point leads into the half. Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 34 points while rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had 22 points off the bench.
The Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon at noon.