Different game, same result for the Knicks and Celtics. After beating the Celtics by 15 on Tuesday night, the Knicks handed Boston another loss, 108-89, on Easter Sunday.
This marks the Knicks (46-26) eighth consectuvie win, while Boston (38-35) drops a game after winning two straight. The victory also pushes New York up to the second seed in the Eastern Conference. This ends the season series between the Atlantic Division rivals, giving New York the 3-1 edge.
Paul Pierce had another strong outing after recording a triple-double on Friday. His 24 points and 15 rebounds weren’t enough to overcome the Knicks hot 3-point shooting though. New York made 14 shots from behind the arc, shooting a blistering 51.7 percent from 3-point range. New York never trailed after the second quarter.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He was one of six Knicks to score in double-figures. Three of those six were off the Knicks’ bench. As a whole, New York outscored Boston’s bench by 18 points.
While the ending result for Boston was ugly, one positive was the play of Courtney Lee. Lee had been battling an ankle sprain, but showed no signs of being bothered by it tonight. He scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in 28 minutes of play.
Without Kevin Garnett in the lineup, Boston’s offense also saw struggles. Most affected by Garnett’s absence seems to be Avery Bradley. Bradley is known for his defensive ability, but he’s failed to score in double-figures the past eight games.
That trend will have a chance to end tomorrow night as the Celtics face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves.