On Tuesday Night, at the TD Garden in Boston, the Knicks (43-26) defeated the Boston Celtics (36-34) 100-85. Box Score
J.R. Smith led the Knicks in scoring tonight with 32 points on 13-24 shooting from the floor. He had seven rebounds, including four offensive boards with three steals and zero turnovers.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points on 10-30 shooting from the floor. He led the team in rebounds with eight, including six offensive boards, with three steals.
No other Knicks player scored in double figures, with Steve Novak and Kenyon Martin coming the closest as they each scored nine points.
Jeff Green led the Celtics in scoring tonight with 19 points on 6-14 shooting from the floor. He also led the team in rebounding with 10 and added six assists.
Paul Pierce scored 16 points on 5-10 shooting to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Jordan Crawford had 14 points and six assists as well.
Jason Kidd scored five points off the bench and was third on team with six rebounds. Pablo Prigioni had seven points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals
The Knicks current five game winning streak is the second longest in the NBA.
The Knicks are now 26-4 when J.R. Smith shoots 50% or better from the field.
This was the first time the Knicks won both games of a season series in Boston since the 2003-2004 season.
This was the worst home loss for the Celtics since April of 2010, when they lost by 11 to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Knicks have now held opponents to 94 points or less in six straight games. It’s the first time that’s happened since March 16-28, 2007, when they did so in seven straight contests.
That was a fun two hours and forty five minutes of basketball to watch. I don’t care who was out for the Celtics, the Knicks were missing Chandler and Stoudemire, so to me it’s almost a wash.
They went into Boston, on national TV and knocked them down and never let them up. It was something to see and those horrid days of the West Coast trip are long gone as now the Knicks are now on a five game winning streak.
I thought the key moment of the game was when the Knicks halftime lead of 14 was cut in half to seven to make the score 69-62. It was then that Jason Kidd came into the game. He helped force some turnovers and allowed the Knicks to immediately go on an 11-2 run that basically put the game away.
When J.R. Smith nailed what had to be about a 30 footer to end the third quarter you just knew that tonight was going be their night.
With Kevin Garnett out, the Knicks were very smart to attack the rim with abandon early and often. Smith and Anthony were driving in the paint with success for the most part. The Celtics, with really only one big man in Brandon Bass and to a lesser extent Jeff Green, had no presence down low both on the offensive and defensive ends and the Knicks guards took full advantage.
Seeing Smith not settling for too many contested jumpers and driving the paint has been so key to the Knicks success recently. It’s forcing defenses to collapse which leaves the other three point shooters open.
With the Eastern Conference playoff teams, outside of the Bulls and Knicks with Chandler, truly lacking good defensive big men that can dominate the paint defensively, the Knicks have got to keep up this new trend of going to the rim.
This team’s defense as well has been doing great at keeping teams frustrated with all the turnovers and lack of second chance opportunities. It has been the best they have played defensively since the beginning of the year.
Carmelo after the game to the media put it best when you want to talk about the motivation the Knicks had going into tonight’s game. “Let’s just be quite frank about it, we want to beat Boston. New York, in anything, wants to beat Boston.”
Well they not only beat Boston, but forced them to throw up the white flag in the fourth quarter in their own building. With the lead over Boston now up to 7.5 games with only 13 games left to play, you can count them out in terms of the division.
The Knicks are having their best season in 13 years and have done a great job bouncing back off the west coast trip nightmare. To think they are doing it without the help of Tyson Chandler, things should get even better when he returns to the lineup.
Enjoy this win, it was a good one.
Coming up next the Knicks are back home for the second game of another back to back as they will take on Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies. The game is on Wednesday at 7:30 pm and can be seen on MSG.