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It was supposed to be a preview of arguably the most intriguing first round matchup of the playoffs, but with the “Big 4,” Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups all watching from the bench it was more of a glorified pickup game.
The Celtics bench got to play as the starters for the second straight night. The Knicks also sat their big guns with the exception of power forward Amar’e Stoudemire. In the battle of the benches, the Celtics reserves came out on top by a score of 112-102.
Despite the lack of star power, the two playoff foes got a little chippy during the game. With 6:55 left in the third quarter, Bill Walker took a swipe below the belt at Celtics’ forward Sasha Pavlovic while he was shooting a three. The two pushed a little and chirp back and forth but nothing serious. Walker was assessed a flagrant one foul and Pavlovic received a technical.
Later, Nenad Krstic and forward Shawn Williams had double fouls called on them after they got tied up and threw an elbow or two in a fight for a rebound. Krstic then left the game and did not return. He had 13 points and 6 rebounds.
The bench guys that are expected to be in the rotation come the playoffs played well and contributed. Jeff Green had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Glen “Big Baby” Davis scored 17 and also had 8 boards. Davis played 27 minutes and Green played 34.
The Celtics finish the season with a record of 56-26, good for third best in the Eastern Conference.
Sasha Pavlovic had himself a nice night, shooting 70% from the floor and 80% from three on his way to 19 points.
Avery Bradley had by far the best scoring night of his career. He had 20, along with 2 assists and 3 rebounds.