Recap: Celtics defeat the Knicks in a thriller, 105-104

The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks in a thrilling game that came down to the final possession, 105-104. The Celtics trailed for most of the game but with another patented Celtics-like comeback, they took care of the Knicks in the 4th quarter.

The first half was a back and forth battle with both teams trading punches on the offensive end. However, the Knicks pulled ahead at the end of the 2nd quarter with a 5 point lead, 58-53. Anthony and Thomas both had 18 points in the half.

Coming out of the half, the Celtics caught fire going on a 18-4 run led by Isaiah Thomas and went up by four points. Unfortunately, the Knicks got their groove back on offense and fired back at the Celtics in a see-saw quarter. Thomas had 30 points by the end of the quarter but the Knicks had the six point lead, 87-81.

The fourth quarter saw more of the same with both teams clicking on offense but the Knicks came up with some good defensive plays that caused the Celts to turn the ball over for easy buckets on the other end. The Knicks were up 100-92 with about 3 minutes remaining but the Celtics had another "Celtics-esque" late run left in them that cut the lead to 100-99. Carmelo Anthony answered back with a big shot to put the Knicks up again but the Celtics fought back and after a Lopez miss, Evan Turner hit a patented mid-range jumper to put the Cs up 103-102 with 36 seconds left. Unfortunately, Melo answered Turner again with a big shot to put the Knicks up 104-103 with 21 seconds left. After the timeout, Avery Bradley drove right to the basket and banked in a layup to put the Celts back up by one point, 105-104. The Knicks couldn't answer the Celts back down the floor and Boston pulled out yet another win in dramatic fashion at the end of the game.

For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas finished with 32 points and 8 assists while Crowder chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Tyler Zeller and Evan Turner had big games off the bench with Zeller putting up 12 points and Turner contributing 21 points. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 30 points.

The Celtics now have won 13 games in a row at home and are 38-25. Boston now travels to Cleveland for a highly anticipated matchup with the Cavaliers tomorrow night.

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