Tuesday night was full of déjà vu for the Boston Celtics: outplay the Knicks in the first of a playoff game, then go ice cold in the second half en route to a decisive loss.
Boston led the Knicks at halftime of Game 1 by four points. Those four points probably didn’t indicate how much better the C’s looked than the Knicks during that half.
On Tuesday, it was more of the same. The Celtics headed into the locker room with a 48-42 lead that easily felt like it should have been in double-figures. That lead disappeared in the first two minutes of the second half and eventually turned into a 15-point, third-quarter deficit.
The turnaround all began when New York hit back-to-back 3s to open the third period. Those 3s tied the game up at 48-48 and put Boston on its heels. New York went on to put together a 13-2 run to start the third and outscored Boston 32-11 overall in the quarter. Boston never recovered and wound up falling into an 0-2 series hole.
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Carmelo Anthony did it again. And this time, he did it with more efficiency.
Just as he was during Game 1, Anthony was the top scorer in Game 2. He totaled 34 points Tuesday night on 11-of-24 shooting. Anthony also contributed four rebounds and one assist during his 40 minutes of action.
Anthony’s scoring doesn’t tell the story of how important he was to New York’s victory. He was the reason why the Knicks dominated the second half of this game, as indicated by his plus-22 in the plus/minus category.
Box Score Nuggets
- Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 34 points.
- Three Celtics were called for at least four fouls.
- Kevin Garnett and Kenyon Martin tied for the game high in rebounds with 11 apiece.
- The Knicks' final margin of victory, 16 points, was their largest lead of the game.
- Boston scored just 23 points in the second half.
- The teams combined to commit just 23 turnovers.
- Jeff Green shot 3-for-11 from the field.
- Brandon Bass contributed 10 rebounds to the Celtics' 37 total boards.
- Boston shot just 37.1 percent from the field.
- Martin blocked a game-high four shots.
- Paul Pierce, who scored 18 points, was the only Celtic who scored more than 12.
- After not attempting any shots during Game 1, Jordan Crawford attempted 11 in Game 2 en route to 10 points.
- Pierce committed five of Boston's 12 turnovers.
Quote of the Night
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