As you read this, the Knicks have made at least five more three pointers. The Knicks seemingly hit every shot they threw up last night as they posted a 72 point first half, which featured a franchise record tying 14 three pointers, in their 118-110 win over your Boston Celtics.
When it was all said and done, the Knicks hit 19 three pointers. The most ever allowed by the Celtics. The previous high was the 18 the Celtics allowed to the then Seattle Sonics in February of 2004. The loss spoiled Paul Pierce’s 43 point performance, his first 40+ night in over six years, and a chance at clinching the Atlantic Division title.
The Celtics hold onto a slim 3.5 game division lead with 4 games remaining.
“We panicked, we trapped too early,’’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “It happens. We talked about it at halftime. I thought we were better at it [in the third] and then we did it again in the fourth quarter out of nowhere. I told our guys it was a really good lesson for us, don’t overreact to one great player, and I thought we did that.’’
Steve Novak and J.R. Smith combined for 15 three pointers and 50 points off the bench for the Knicks and overshadowed Carmelo Anthony’s second career triple double.
“Our bench was great tonight,” Anthony said. “Novak and J.R., them guys combined for 50 points off the bench. When they get hot like that, it’s hard to deal with.”
The Celtics managed to get it to within six with just over three minutes left in the game, that was until the Knicks quickly hit two three pointers.
Nights like this are going to happen in the association and you just have to deal with it. The Knicks are a new team under new head coach Mike Woodson and played with a passion that was just too much for the Celtics to overcome. The Celtics still have business to take care of and need to win one of their four remaining games in order to clinch the division title and lock up the fourth seed.
If the Celtics hope on moving deep into the playoffs, they need to avoid playing the Heat or Bulls in the first round.
The Celtics host the Magic tonight and will once again look to wrap this thing up.