Friday night started out with great vibes in TD Garden. Those vibes didn’t last for long.
The Celtics began the night by paying homage to those who were affected by the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombings. The game tipped off moments later with the crowd oozing with energy. That energy was quickly zapped when the Celtics bonked two layups on their opening possession and then missed an open 3-pointer.
Paul Pierce clanked the first layup after catching the ball while wide open under the hoop. His reverse layup missed, but Kevin Garnett was there to grab the board. Garnett followed up with a missed attempt as well. Pierce then grabbed Garnett’s miss and kicked the ball out to Avery Bradley, who was standing outside the 3-point line near the top of the key. Bradley’s attempt came up short, and it was all downhill from there.
Boston scored the first basket of the game and that two-point advantage wound up being its only lead of the night. The Knicks eventually led by as many as 21 points and cruised to a 90-76 victory.
In short, this night started out with promise, but it quickly turned to pain.
Key Box Score Line
Carmelo Anthony finished with the game’s top scoring output, but Kevin Garnett needs some love. Lots of love.
Garnett didn’t go down without swinging Friday night. He played his tail off from start to finish and tallied the game’s only double-double, with 12 points and a game-high 17 boards. He totaled those numbers while playing more than 34 minutes.
This wasn’t Boston’s night but that didn’t slow Garnett down. He was full bore all night long and wound up with the game’s most impressive all-around box score.
Box Score Nuggets
- The Celtics committed 17 turnovers to the Knicks' 11.
- New York, which was last in the league in assists per game during the regular season, out-assisted Boston 22-14.
- Kevin Garnett logged the game's only double-double with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
- Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 26 points.
- Boston out-rebounded New York 41-37.
- The Celtics' bench totaled just 10 points.
- Pablo Prigioni and Tyson Chandler, who combined to score just 15 points, tied for the game-high in plus/minus rating at plus-13.
- New York shot exactly 50 percent from the field, while Boston shot exactly 40 percent.
- The Knicks attempted just eight free throws and made just eight.
- Prigioni grabbed a game-high five steals.
- Jeff Green had three of his 17 shots blocked.
Quote of the Night
Before the turnovers started, I thought we had a stretch where we really lost our spirit for a minute, and they made every shot. Doc Rivers on when Game 3 spun out of control for BostonMore quotes >>