The Boston Celtics headed for the locker rooms at halftime trailing 51-37. Most teams would hang their heads. Most teams would accept defeat. Most teams would already be looking ahead to the next game.

But, as many of you well know, the Celtics are not most teams.

Boston outscored New York 57-35--including the last ten points of the game--and prevailed with a 96-86 victory. Paul Pierce closed the game out for the C's with 13 of his 21 points coming in the 4th quarter. The Celtics captain connected on 8-13 attempts from the field and all four of his shots from the charity stripe.

Kevin Garnett added 24 points on 10-15 shooting, 11 rebounds, and four steals while Rajon Rondo bounced back from a string of shaky performances with a double-double of his own. Rondo tallied 13 points and dished out 12 dimes.

Ray Allen chipped in with 15 including a reverse layup with 5:01 left in regulation that gave Boston it's first lead since late in the opening frame. As a team, Boston shot 46.5% from the field and 80.8% from the line in the impressive comeback win.

For New York, Carmelo Anthony, Chanucey Billups, and Amare Stoudemire provided a balanced scoring effort with 22, 21, and 16 respectively. Unfortunately for them, none of them shot over 50% like Pierce and Garnett.

The game definitely fueled a clearly developing rivalry. There was blood shed on both sides as Boston's Allen and Glen Davis, as well as New York's Carmelo Anthony took shots to the head. It appears none of the injuries are serious, but there was clearly an atmosphere during the game that stretched far past that of an ordinary regular season contest.

The Celts improve to 50-19 with the victory, while the Knicks fall to 35-35. Boston returns to action Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. when Tony Allen and the Grizzlies pay a visit to the TD Banknorth Garden.

Stephen Bailey 3/21/2011 10:21:00 PM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice to see the guys looking like themselves again on the stat sheet.

  2. Ms. Davis says:

    Mission Accomplished...Well job DONE!!!

  3. Dave says:

    I like you site. Great game tonight. C's pass a big test in my mind.

  4. Anonymous says:

    great job celtics!!!

  5. DH says:

    And Troy Murphy was also bloodied! It was Battle Royale at MSG.

  6. Serge says:

    C's came to play, but really they weren't playing. Closed out the hapless Knicks in true Celtic fashion, with suffocating man to man defense in the 4th quarter. Gotta love it.

  7. ali says:

    great win for the c's. loved the chippiness and the fight. we definitely needed this one. rondo looked a lot better, double double! :) great defense in the end also.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Once again, great comeback! Pierce always has a great game against the Knicks!
    but I hate it when we get into a slow start and have to comeback. Hopefully that changes.
    Important win because Chicago was facing an easier opponent (Sacramento)
    Im glad to see Rondo play a great game (13 pts 12 dimes)
    Overall im not pleased with the slow starts but great comeback!
    Celtics all day!

  9. tb727 says:

    One of the poorest officiated games of the season. Amare gets away with multiple walks. His foul on Nenad should've been flagrant. Carmelo's foul on Paul in the second half should've been flagrant. Carmelo knocking over Glen Davis right in front of the ref was a blatant no-call.

    Did the Celts get ANY of those tonight? Second game this year there that was officiated like crap.

    Landry Fields is garbage. I love how he doesn't shoot or try to really do anything. Some may say he plays within himself. I say he's fucking trash.

    Knicks are losers. Amare's a loser. Carmelo's a loser. D'Antoni's a loser. Fuck em. Nicely done Celtics.

  10. Agree with the lack of calls going our way TB. However, I felt the refs were equally as bad for New York. Hopefully this W gets the team back on track.

  11. tb727 says:

    Really Stephen? How do you figure? I'm trying to think of one questionable call that they got the benefit of? I'm usually very objective in that regard too...

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