On Sunday Night, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (46-26) defeated the Boston Celtics (38-35) 108-89. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 24 points on 9-19 shooting from the floor. He also had 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Chris Copeland scored 22 points off the bench in 20 minutes. He shot 6-10 from the field, 7-9 from the line and added five rebounds.
J.R. Smith only scored 15 points on 4-12 shooting from the floor but led the team in rebounding with 12. He also had four assists and two steals.
Jeff Green led the Celtics in scoring with 27 points on 10-14 shooting from the floor and had four rebounds as well. Paul Pierce scored 24 points on 6-16 shooting from the floor while going 8-10 from the line. He led all players with 15 rebounds.
Raymond Felton had 18 points on 6-10 shooting from the floor including hitting a half court shot at the end of the first half. He had four assists and was 3-6, including the half court shot, from three.
The Knicks had six players in double figures and had 23 assists and 35 made shots.
The Knicks shot 14-27 from three (52%) while the Celtics were only 7-25 from three (28%)
The Knicks finished the month of March 12-6 and have won a season high eight straight games.
The last time the Knicks were 20 games over .500 was on April 12th, 2000 when they went to 49-29 after a 91-89 OT win over the New Jersey Nets
The Knicks won the season series from the Celtics 3-1, which is the first time that has happened since the 2003-2004 season.
The Knicks magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division is now at 6 games. They lead the Brooklyn Nets by 4.5 games (5 in the loss column)
“Let’s just be quite frank about them, we always want to beat Boston. New York in anything wants to beat Boston, and when we do it’s a great feeling.” – Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday via the Associated Press.
Normally I find a picture that has a Knicks player in action making a basket or looking genuinely happy when they win. But, as I was looking for a picture to add to this post, I just couldn’t pass up that great shot of Paul Pierce.
This was a game that went a similar way to the game up in Boston less than a week ago. A close back and forth contest in the first quarter, a strong second quarter to break it open, a small run by Boston in the third and garbage time come the fourth.
I grew up at a time where I did not consider the Celtics a rival because either the Knicks were good and they stunk, the Knicks stunk and the Celtics were good or both stunk.
Now, those days are long gone and I enjoy these games especially when the Knicks win. To have them finally win the season series and blow them out twice in a row late in the season is even better. I still would rather play Atlanta than them in the playoffs because Garnett makes them a lot better, but I feel confident the Knicks could still beat them in a series.
When Felton hit a prayer from half court before halftime you just had to know that today was going to be the Knicks day for an 8th straight win.
J.R. Smith was shut down scoring wise but contributed by leading the team in rebounds, adding four assists, got to the line and drawing the attention of double teams to free up his teammates. Melo got off to a bit of a struggle shooting but once again was leading the team and was able to take off most of the fourth quarter, playing only 28 minutes.
This team’s confidence right now is sky high. They are not just beating teams, they are beating them up and blowing them out. The way the middle of this month was going, things were looking grim and the division lead was in jeopardy. Then Kurt Thomas played on a broken foot in Utah and inspired the team towards this great run.
This regular season is the reward for us all that sat through the Layden, Isiah and early D’Antoni/Walsh days of the Knicks. They are a team we can be proud of and feel happy about them possibly doing more than just making the playoffs. This team can go far and it is not crazy to say they could win a title. It may be very early to talk like that, but when your favorite team wins eight in a row, you are allowed to dream a little bit.
At the end of the day, the Knicks are clicking on all cylinders and unless the team in front of them is playing well and healthy, they are going to be in big trouble. The next game in Miami, if they play the whole team, will be a test and winning the season series against them would be nice.
Coming up next the Knicks take their talents down to South Beach for what could be an Eastern Conference Finals preview as they will take on Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat. The game is on Tuesday at 8:00 pm and can be seen on TNT.