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The Celtics scored just 23 points in the second half and went without a field goal in the last nine and a half minutes as they lost game 2 of their playoff series with the New York Knicks, 87-71.
Carmelo Anthony was once again brilliant for the Knicks, and finished with 34 points. Recently crowned Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith, added 19 for a Knicks team that now find themselves up 2-0 in the series as they head to Boston.
We could focus on Paul Pierce’s 18 points, but the fact of the matter is, all the Celtics players failed in this game. Jason Terry scored 9 points in the first half, but went scoreless in the second.
Kevin Garnett fouled out of the game in just 24 minutes, but was sadly the Celtics’ most effective player. Garnett finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics led the game 48-42 at the half and looked the part of a team ready to head home with the momentum. The Knicks opened the third quarter on a 24-4 run and built a 14-point lead in the blink of an eye.
The Celtics shot 56 percent in the first half and 19 percent in the second- no, that’s not a typo, 19.
Teams that go up 2-0 in a best of seven series, win the series 94 percent of the time. Good luck Doc Rivers.