Dec 13, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Avery Bradley (0) dribbles the ball as New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) defends during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics squeeze,90-86, by the Knicks after building a lead

The Boston Celtics toppled the New York Knicks for the second time in a week; this time it wasn’t as handily. The Celtics only won tonight’s game by four points after giving up a lead that was as much as 17. The Celtics had a huge run at the end of the first quarter to build their lead.

But the Knicks knocked away the lead and even managed to take on themselves. They tied it up in the third quarter when Iman Shumpert got going. Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani were the top performers for the Knicks tonight scoring 26 and 22 points respectively. Bargnani even gave a nice effort on the glass and snatched eight rebounds for the Knicks tonight.

But, even though they played a solid game offensively, they couldn’t stop the Celtics on the defensive end. The Celtics shot 48% from the field and, if not for turnovers, they could’ve had a lot more. Jared Sullinger lead the way for the Celtics with 19 points and Courntey Lee wasn’t far behind with 18 himself.

But the game was really won in the fourth quarter with play on both ends. Avery Bradley had a huge fourth quarter that included a three to put the Celtics up with just about a minute left to go. Jeff Green made a play on the defensive end to block one of Carmelo Anthony’s jumpers to put them back in the game.

The Celtics earned themselves a win tonight and are now 2-2 in their last four bouts. The Knicks, on the other hand, have lost three of their last four games and are on a downward spiral.

More and more it looks like the Celtics are doing away with the notion of tanking and trying to make the playoffs–for better or for worse. Whatever happens, though, no one can say that this team doesn’t play hard. No one can say that Brad Stevens isn’t a motivator and no one can say that he isn’t an NBA caliber coach.

Sure, it’s a small sample, but it looks like Stevens will be around the NBA for quite some time. And if he’s with the C’s, I think we’d all be pretty excited about that.

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