Wait...haven't we seen this game already? The Celtics again build up a comfortable, but certainly not insurmountable lead only to have that lead whittled away resulting in another win against an inferior opponent that was needlessly close.
- A relatively even first quarter (both teams at one point had a 7/8ish point lead) was followed by a second quarter where the Celtics second unit absolutely dominated.
- The 2nd unit of House, Ray, TA, BBD and Powe did a great job on both ends of the floor, particularly the undersized front court of Leon and Baby.
- Leon was unstoppable in the second quarter against the Knicks' "bigs"
- Rajon was visibly more aggressive tonight, a good sign however he's not back to the point that "You Got Rondo'd" chants will be filling the rafters
- Perk also played very well tonight, including a very un-lazer-like turnaround bank jumper at a key point in the 4th quarter. Very nice Beast.
- And who hit the key shot of the night? Brian Scalabrine. Good for Scal, who started for the suspended Garnett
- Paul Pierce took over yet again in the clutch to save our bacon (along with the dagger from Scals!)
- Could someone please explain to me the circumstances under which Quentin Richardson thinks he has any reason to talk smack to Paul Pierce? I don't get it. He's awful.
- Wilson Chandler is clearly the best player on the Knicks. Amazing.
- Stephon Marbury played 0 minutes (inactive) but made the most money of the Knicks players. (gpowell with the line)
Box Score and quarter splits after the jump
|Paul Pierce, SF||35||5-13||2-4||10-13||0||8||8||2||1||0||3||1||22|
|Brian Scalabrine, PF||21||3-5||2-3||0-0||1||2||3||1||0||1||0||4||8|
|Kendrick Perkins, C||27||7-9||0-0||2-6||4||4||8||3||0||3||4||3||16|
|Ray Allen, SG||42||5-14||0-3||5-5||1||0||1||4||1||0||2||0||15|
|Rajon Rondo, PG||28||7-11||0-0||1-2||1||7||8||7||2||0||2||2||15|
|Leon Powe, PF||28||6-9||0-0||2-2||2||5||7||1||0||1||0||1||14|
|Eddie House, SG||21||3-6||1-3||1-1||0||5||5||3||2||0||0||2||8|
|Tony Allen, SG||18||3-6||0-0||0-1||0||1||1||1||1||3||2||2||6|
|Glen Davis, PF||19||3-6||0-0||0-0||0||4||4||0||0||0||0||5||6|
|Kevin Garnett, PF||DNP SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE|
|Gabe Pruitt, PG||DNP COACH'S DECISION|
|Patrick O'Bryant, C||DNP COACH'S DECISION|
|53.2%||38.5%||70.0%||Team TO (pts off): 14 (14)|
(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)