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Paul Pierce, the Captain, and the Truth, hit a game-winning buzzer beater with less than a second left to give the Celtics a 118-116 win.

Pierce scored a team-high 32 points on 10-18 shooting, while pulling down 10 boards. KG also recorded a double-double with 20 points and 13 boards, and the third amigo, Ray Allen, netted 26 points, 10 coming in the final frame. Rajon Rondo quietly added 10 points and 14 assists.

First year Knicks, Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton both played top-notch basketball. STAT dropped 39 and 10, while Felton added 26 points and 14 dimes. To note, Boston made all 21 of it's foul shots, while New York missed 5-26 of it's attempts from the charity stripe.

STAT led the Knicks to a 32-24 lead after 12 minutes, scoring his team's first 7 points of the game. Stoudemire continued his domination, and finished with 23 points and 6 rebounds at the break. New York took a 58-51 lead into halftime. The two teams battled through the 3rd quarter and into the final frame.

Though Boston tied the game many times, they were unable to take the lead until Ray Allen drained a three-pointer from the corner with 1:02 left in regulation. Gallinari converted on a conventional three-point play, though the foul call was questionable.

Then, Paul Pierce drained a step back jumper in Stoudemire's face in the final seconds. STAT did hit a three-pointer after that, but it was released tenths of a second after time expired and Boston prevailed with a 118-116 victory.

The C's return to action tomorrow night, when the Hawks come to Beantown. Tipoff is at 8 PM ET.

Stephen Bailey 12/15/2010 09:59:00 PM Edit
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12 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow. 21-21 at the line. Im sure thats the first time that happened with these C's.
    Stoudemire was on his game tonight! (as he has been as of late.) Felton played great as well.

    The Celts Big 3 finally had a great game all together - they all put up nice numbers.

    Hopefully Rondos ankle is ok vs ATL (it didnt look good at all - made me cringe watching it in slow-mo)

    oh yea, Steph Bailey, heres a stat that you didnt mention - the Knicks shot a better FG% than the C's. NYK-53% BOS-52%. I think this is the 1st time the C's opponent shot a better % in a loss.

  2. JR says:

    That last second play looked like the same setup from last season, but the Knicks were sticking to KG this time.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That 1% percent they had didn't win them the game though

  4. Three Toe says:
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  5. Definitely an important win. Boston played awful D but got bailed out with great O. The 1% probably didn't do too much, but I'd imagine you are right Anonymous 1.

  6. Anonymous says:

    wow. reading my comment (the top comment) makes me sound like a Knick fan!
    HELL NO!!
    IM FROM NY, BUT CELTICS ALL DAY, ALL WEEK, ALL YEAR, FOR EVER!!!

  7. Three Toe says:

    WHAT A SHOT! Damn that was sweet. Tommy made one comment that was particularly good near the end of the game, "The Knicks are playing as well as they possibly can, but the Celtics are not." The Celtics really are the better team. But man every Knicks game seems to be so close.

    I also liked Pierce's quote basically throwing the rivalry stuff back at the broadcasters who were trying to create it. Something about how their rivalries seem to be against whichever team happens to be on a win streak.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Amare Stoudemaire is a selfish bitch. He's more concerned about scoring 30 points than he is playing defense and rebounding.

  9. I can't knock STAT. He played great. He's not a ball hog IMO and the Knicks would have been blown out without him.

  10. The Coach says:

    I was at the game and just walked across town to the east side and reveled in the win. The building was as electric tonight as it once was in the 1990's and watching our guys hang in, absorb the runs, the 3's and being short handed up front find a way. When there is a will there is always a way for this team. I have plenty of material from tonight, both positive and negative about the performance but I need to take a deep breath, what a great game.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have a great feeling that this game will be highlighted in part two of The Association: Boston Celtics.
    CANT WAIT TO SEE IT!
    does anybody know when it will come on ESPN?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Raymond Felton is a bull. He's like the point guard version of Carmelo Anthony because he's just too big and he can get whatever he wants on offense and he's finally getting a chance to show how skill of a guard he really is.

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