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The New York Knicks did the unthinkable by beating the Celtics, 100-88. The Celtics continued this recent slump since they lost to the Lakers on Christmas. They’ve managed just two wins (against Sacramento and Washington) since the Christmas day defeat in going 2-4.
The Knicks were able to take advantage of the Celtics with poor performances from Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. The Celtics bench only scored 24 points as well while the Knicks managed to play with just seven players all night.
Paul Pierce was the star for the Celtics and had a good game for himself, but none of it mattered in the end with the loss. Pierce finished the night with 31 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Ray Allen also had a decent game by putting up 16 points, but was 0-9 from beyond the three point line. No other Celtic player had point totals in the double digits.
The Knicks were led by Wilson Chandler, who had 31 points, and Al Harrington off the bench who had 30 points. David Lee had a double-double with both 14 points and 14 rebounds. Chris Duhon had 12 points as well. Only the starting five as well as Al Harrington and Nate Robinson played for the Knicks while the Celtics used their entire bench to try and figure things out.
The Celtics are still in good shape, but really need to start figuring out what their problems are if they want to break out of this funk they are in right now. Perhaps the addition of some new blood to the team will do them good, but that is still yet to be seen if they even get anyone. Stephon Marbury still seems to be the most likely candidate to go to the Celtics, but nothing has been guaranteed yet.
The Celtics will look to get back on track Tuesday night against Charlotte in Boston.