Tuesday night felt a lot like Dec. 8. Except reversed.
The Celtics marched into Madison Square Garden back in early December and picked the Knicks apart all night long. Boston led by 23 after the first, by 27 after the second, by 36 after the third and then finished New York off with a 41-point margin of victory.
That was not a good day at the office for the guys in blue, orange and white. Boston doesn’t quite feel as bad as New York did after that game, but it has to be close.
The C’s came out Tuesday night and struggled mightily at both ends of the court. New York took advantage.
Carmelo Anthony ignited the Knicks’ offense by scoring 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the first quarter. New York tallied 31 points over the first 12 minutes while shooting a red-hot 61.5 percent from the field.
Boston, meanwhile, was ice cold. The C’s scored just five points in the first eight-plus minutes of the game. They finished the first quarter by scoring 10 points in the final three and a half minutes, but the damage had already been done.
New York led 31-15 at the end of the first and expanded that lead to 26 points at halftime. It didn’t get any better for Boston as the game wore on. The C’s fell behind by as many as 35 points and eventually fell by a score of 114-88.
The Key Moment of this game was the opening tip. Once the ball was tossed into the air, it was all New York.
Key Box Score Line
Brandon Bass was fresh off of holding Paul Pierce to just six points on 2-of-10 shooting on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony wasn’t interested in letting Bass slow him down in similar fashion Tuesday night in New York.
Anthony extended his streak of 20-point games to nine by dropping in a game-high 24 against Boston. That number would have been a lot higher had Mike Woodson left him on the court for more than 28 minutes of playing time.
For the first time against Boston this season, Anthony was efficient. The All-Star forward shot 8-of-15 from the field, 3-of-5 from downtown and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line. And despite playing less than 30 minutes, Anthony also hauled in nine boards while dishing out four assists and grabbing four steals.
This was a pretty impressive game out of Anthony. He set the tone, and his teammates followed.
Box Score Nuggets
- New York led from start to finish.
- New York's bench totaled 63 points
- Jeff Green led the Celtics in scoring with 14 points and also tied for the team high in rebounds with seven.
- Four Celtics committed four fouls.
- Carmelo Anthony tallied game highs of 24 points and four steals.
- J.R. Smith and Jeremy Tyler each blocked two shots.
- The Celtics shot just 39.0 percent from the field.
- Only two players in the game, Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr., played more than 30 minutes.
- Tyson Chandler grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
- Smith and Tyler each scored 17 points off the bench for New York.
- Each team had three reserves score in double-figures.
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