|Paul Pierce buried the Knicks. Again.|
The pressure Avery Bradley brings on defense was apparent right from the start, as he made Jason Kidd look old and slow by stripping the ball from him a minute into the game. The Celtics held "MVP candidate" Carmelo Anthony to a season worst 6-26 from the floor. For the second straight game Boston turned in a dominating third quarter performance on the road (33-9 in Atlanta Saturday), holding New York to just 16 points in the frame and turning a 56-53 halftime deficit into a 76-72 advantage. And they did it with Pierce playing just 4 minutes in the period due to foul trouble.
For the evening the Captain finished with 23 points in only 28 minutes, none bigger than a ridiculous step back 21-foot jumper as the shot clock wound down with 45 seconds to go. It put the C's up 6, iced the game, and broke Knicks fan's hearts in the same dramatic manner that he seems to do so often.
Last night it was Jeff Green's turn to shine off the bench, posting 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. And Jarred Sullinger looked more like a savvy veteran instead of the rookie that he is, drawing a pair of charges and frequently "out-toughing" Tyson Chandler for rebounds.
Boston has now beaten the #4, #3, and #2 teams in the East in succession. If only they were playing the Heat on Wednesday; I'd like their chances.
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Mark Van Deusen 1/08/2013 01:29:00 PM Tweet Edit