It’s been a busy week at Madison Square Garden where the New York Knicks saw Kobe Bryant put up 61 on them and LeBron James put up 52.
There wasn’t any of that by anyone on the Boston Celtics tonight but the Celtics hit 14-of-18 shots in the 4th quarter to propel them to a 110-100 win. With the win the Celtics to improve to 42-10 which is good for second best in the Eastern Conference.
Paul Pierce led the way for the visiting Celtics with 26 points while former UConn Husky Ray Allen had 22 points and 6 assists. Kevin Garnett had a good game as well with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Leon Powe came off the bench to score 13 points and Rajon Rondo narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
The Knicks were led by Al Harrington with 27 points and 5 steals. David Lee had a monster night on the glass pulling down 18 rebounds to go along with 18 points. Chris Duhon added 15 points while Nate Robinson chipped in with 13.
The two teams exchanged baskets in the first quarter that saw the Celtics take a 1 point lead. In the second, it was more of the same that ended up with the Knicks leading by 2 at the half. The two teams exchanged the lead briefly but the Knicks pulled ahead by four at the end of the 3rd quarter.
After Danilo Gallinari put the Knicks up 80-79, Ray Allen scored the next 11 points for the Celtics who were holding a 4 point lead at 90-86. Then Eddie House pushed that lead to nine with 5 points of his own and the Knicks would get no closer than 8 points the rest of the way.
The Celtics get the day off tomorrow after back-to-back games but will be back on the court Sunday afternoon at 1 PM when the San Antonio Spurs come to the TD BankNorth Garden.