After blowing a 20-point third quarter lead, the Boston Celtics managed to hang on in overtime to beat the New York Knicks in Game 4 of their first round playoff series, 97-90. With the win, the Celtics sent the series back to New York for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Jason Terry finally showed up to help the Celtics avoid an embarrassing sweep, scoring the last nine points in overtime as part of an 18 point effort on 7-of-10 shooting. Paul Pierce had a team-high 29 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists, while Jeff Green added 26 points and Kevin Garnett pulled down 17 rebounds to go with 13 points.
Game 4 marked the first time in the series the Celtics surpassed 80 points.
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 36 points for the Knicks, though it took him 35 field goal attempts to get there (he made 10). With J.R. Smith serving a one-game suspension for elbowing Terry in Game 3, Raymond Felton stepped up in his absence, sparking a third quarter run to bring the Knicks back from a 59-39 deficit three minutes into the second half. Continue reading JET, Celtics Hang on in OT to Avoid Knicks Sweep »