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The Celtics shrugged off their tough loss to the Lakers and got things going again with a victory over the Knicks in Madison Square Garden 110-100. The game went back and fourth for a while and was very close through the first three quarters, but in the fourth the Celtics started to finally distance themselves from the Knicks, who were desperately trying to get a win at home. It’s been a tough time for the Knicks who first gave up 61 points to Kobe, then 52 to Lebron, and now a combined 63 from the Celtics’ Big Three.
The Celtics had a good night with the Big Three doing much of scoring. Paul Pierce finished with 26 points and Ray Allen added 22 for the two to lead the way. Kevin Garnett had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo had an impressive game with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Leon Powe was the only big contributor off the bench with 13 points.
For the struggling Knicks, Al Harrington finished the night strong with 27 points, but it was David Lee that was more impressive. Lee finished with a double-double by putting up 18 points on the board and grabbing 18 rebounds as well. Chris Duhon added 15 points and tiny Nate Robinson had 13 off the bench.
The Celtics proved that they could win again after a loss to the Lakers. The Celtics are still, in my mind, the best team in the NBA despite losing to L.A. the other night. That game was full of mistakes that should have gone in the Celtics favor and hopefully this win against New York, who cannot seem to get anything right at this time, will trigger a new streak of wins for Boston. The Celtics have today off and will get back to action on Sunday as they take on the Spurs in San Antonio.