Whatever the Celtics have done before tip-off in their last two games, they need to keep it going.
The C’s put up 39 points against the Nuggets during the first quarter of Friday’s game in Boston and then dropped 34 on the Knicks Sunday afternoon in New York. Denver battled back to make it a game at TD Garden, but the New York had no chance at coming back during this tilt at MSG.
Boston picked the Knicks apart to the tune of 54.5 percent shooting during the first quarter of Sunday’s matinee. The Celtics also did not commit a single turnover during the frame while racking up 10 assists.
That’s about as good as it gets when it comes to team basketball. All five of Boston’s starters scored between six and eight points in the quarter, led by Brandon Bass’ eight. All five of those players also tallied at least one assist, with Jordan Crawford’s four helpers leading the way.
As the offense sliced through New York at one end, the defense was dominant at the other end. The C’s took the Knicks completely out of their offense, limiting New York to just 22.2 percent shooting while forcing four turnovers. Carmelo Anthony, who shot 2-for-4 in the quarter, was the only Knicks player who made more than one field goal in the frame.
Add all of that up and you have a game that got out of hand quickly. The Celtics led 34-11 after the first quarter, pulled ahead by as many as 45, and cruised to a 114-73 victory.
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Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger game him a run for his money, but there’s no doubt that Jordan Crawford needs to hold this slot down for the third consecutive game.
Crawford was amazing yet again on Sunday, leading the game in both scoring (23 points) and assists (seven). This marked the third consecutive game in which Crawford led the contest in scoring.
There was one point on Sunday in which Crawford was literally unstoppable. Call it being in the zone. He converted on four consecutive 3-point attempts over a four-minute span in the third quarter.
That stretch was somewhat laughable, as the guard was caught backpedaling down the court before his shot even reached the basket. Why, you might ask? Because he knew it was going in.
What a game by Crawford, and what a game by the Celtics.
Box Score Nuggets
- Boston scored 42 points in the paint to New York's 22.
- The Celtics led by as many as 45 points.
- All five of Boston's starters scored at least 13 points, led by 23 from Jordan Crawford.
- The Celtics outrebounded the Knicks by a count of 46-26.
- New York shot better from 3-point range (37.5 percent) than it did from the field overall (34.2 percent).
- Crawford dished out a game-high seven assists while not committing a single turnover.
- Avery Bradley notched his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points but shot just 5-of-15 from the field.
- Boston scored 22 fast break points, compared to just six by New York.
- No player on the Knicks roster grabbed more than five rebounds.
- The Celtics shot 54.2 percent from the field, 56.0 percent from 3-point range and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line.
- Brandon Bass scored 16 points on just eight shot attempts.
- Jared Sullinger scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting.
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