NYK 89, BOS 97: Celtics Defense Clamps Down at MSG
How it Happened
The Knicks jumped out to a 9-0 lead, but the game's momentum swung after Carmelo Anthony was assessed a flagrant foul, followed by a technical to Derek Fisher; Boston reeled off its own 9-0 run, and we had a ballgame.
New York would assert its force in a competitive divisional contest, outrebounding the Celtics, 50-45, on the boards, but Brad Stevens' team flexed its defensive chops at The Garden. Boston held the Knicks to 18 points in the third quarter and 37.8 percent shooting for the game en route to a 97-89 victory.
Knick of the Night
On a night when a lack of depth plagued the Knicks, Robin Lopez delivered a standout effort in the paint. The big man finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds -- 11 offensive! -- while shooting an efficient 6 for 12 from the field. He also added three blocks, but it wasn't quite enough against the second-ranked defense in the NBA.
News and Notes
Along with Lopez, Carmelo Anthony (16 points, 14 rebounds) and Arron Afflalo (18 points) provided scoring punch for the the starting unit...Langston Galloway started his fourth straight game in place of injured Jose Calderon (groin), pulling down nine rebounds but scoring just one point in 34 minutes of action...Sasha Vujacic earned 18 minutes off the bench, and delivered 13 points, including 2 of 4 shooting from downtown.
Ball control was an issue for Fisher's squad tonight, as the Knicks turned the ball over 16 times and finished with only 13 assists.
On Wednesday, the Knicks will fly to Detroit to begin a back-to-back that finishes with Friday's matchup with Memphis at MSG.