Conversely, the Knicks have now strung together a five game win streak, tempering the intense (but well deserved) criticism they've received throughout the season.
New York blew the game open with a 20-7 start. When Jeff Green settled for a post-up 18 foot fadeaway early in the shot clock, effort for a W seemed futile. Hot shooting by the Knicks led to a 68-48 halftime deficit for the Cs and New York never really looked back.
It wasn't quite all bad for the Celtics, as Kris Humphries (15 PTS, 5, RBS) put a monster block on a Hardaway Jr. fast break to start the third quarter. Jeff Green played 41 minutes and posted a team high 27 points on 10-21 shooting but tallied just 2 rebounds. Green got hot at times in the second half, but maintained his 'tease' reputation by combining strong scoring stretches with some questionable shots and little else.
It seemed anything with a blue jersey was hitting for at least the first half of the game (90% from three), though the Knicks eventually cooled down. Nevertheless, New York (as a team) shot 53% from the field, 58% from three, and 88% at the line. Tough to win ball games allowing those numbers.
Carmelo Anthony dropped 34 PTS to go with 9 RBS while J.R. Smith chipped in 13 PTS, 4 AST, and 3 RBS. Young rook Tim Hardaway Jr. showcased a hot hand with 22 points on 7-11 shooting.
Despite stringing together a couple of runs in a relatively strong third quarter, the Knicks ran away with it 116-92.
The Celtics (22-43) take on the Phoenix Suns (36-27) Friday at 7:30 in Boston. Austin Gill 3/12/2014 10:01:00 PM Tweet