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Behind a 10-point, 10-rebound, and 24-assist (career high) triple-double from Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics outlasted the New York Knicks, 105-101.

  • The first half was marred by turnovers once again. The C's handed the ball over five times within the first four minutes, and had 11 giveaways at halftime. Some of them occurred when players tried to force the ball through a throng of Knick defenders, others were a result of over-passing, and some were a result of players simply not catching very catchable passes. 
  • The Knicks hung around in this one, as an Amare Stoudemire three-pointer with 17.5 seconds left cut the Celtics' lead to 103-101, but Paul Pierce stepped to the free throw line and buried two free throws to put Boston back up by four, 105-101. 
  • Pierce and Kevin Garnett both contributed impressive double-doubles tonight. Pierce finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds (he also added five assists), while Garnett exited late in the fourth quarter (he fouled out) with 24 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. 
  • The other two starters - Ray Allen and Shaquille O'Neal - also reached double figures in points. Ray finished with 12 points, while Shaq scored 10 and grabbed seven rebounds. Shaq retreated to the locker room with 5:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. The latest reports say Shaq has a bruised right knee.
  • The Celtics out-rebounded the Knicks 54(!) to 38.
  • Glen Davis put forth another impressive outing, as he posted 16 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. 
  • The Celtics finished the game with (according to ESPN's box score) 16 turnovers (18 according to NBA.com's box score). Rondo was credited with seven of those. 
  • The Celtics clearly still have some kinks to work out, and the bench needs to contribute more, which might take time. Jermaine O'Neal was out tonight with a sore knee, Delonte West is still suspended, and Nate Robinson hasn't shot well through the first three games. Marquis Daniels and Davis have been the most consistent players off the bench, but hopefully, upon West's return, the second unit will grow more cohesive and be able to spell the starters for longer stretches. 
  • The C's won't play again until Tuesday when they take on the Pistons in Detroit. Hopefully, over the weekend, the guys can get healthy and iron out some of the issues in practice (particularly the turnover problem...).