We’ve all seen an NBA player enter the proverbial ‘zone.’ The basket is as big as an ocean. They can’t miss. They’re unstoppable.
It’s difficult to contain an opponent when one of its players is in that zone. But when the entire team is in that zone? Fugettaboutit.
New York’s whole team was on fire for the entirety of Wednesday night’s first half. The Knicks began the game by making nine of their 10 3-point attempts. Nine of their first 10!. New York also shot a whopping 60.5 percent from the field en route to 68 first-half points.
Per usual, Carmelo Anthony was the man who led the way for New York. He scored 19 of his game-high 34 points during the first half while shooting 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from downtown.
Tim Hardaway, Jr. wasn’t far behind his teammate. The rookie out of Michigan also chipped in 17 first-half points off the bench, including a 3-of-3 performance from long range.
Boston still managed to score 48 points in the first half on a respectable 44.7 percent shooting mark from the field, but that wasn’t enough to keep this game close. The Knicks headed into the locker room at halftime leading by 20 points. The Celtics climbed back to within nine points late in the third quarter, but that halftime deficit proved to be too steep to overcome.
Teams will catch fire every now and again during an 82-game regular season. On Wednesday night, the Knicks just happened to catch fire for an entire half of basketball.
Key Box Score Line
The Boston Celtics lost to the New York Knicks by 24 points Wednesday night. It might have been 40 if Jeff Green wasn’t in the game.
To credit the Knicks, they were outstanding all night long. No one would have beat them on Wednesday considering the way they shot the basketball. But Green certainly tried to make it happen with his stellar performance during the second half.
Green entered the halftime locker room with just eight points under his belt. He finished the contest with a team-high 27 points after catching fire in the third quarter. Green poured in 17 points during the third frame alone, at one time pulling the Celtics to within nine points. He shot 6-of-9 in the third quarter and 7-of-14 overall in the second half.
On a normal night, Green’s strong performance would have propelled the Celtics to a victory. This, however, was not a normal night. New York shot the lights out from start to finish, but that doesn’t take anything away from what Green did on the court.
Box Score Nuggets
- Each team had a player score at least 27 points (Carmelo Anthony scored 34, while Jeff Green had 27).
- New York shot 9-of-11 from 3-point range in the first half.
- No player on Boston's roster grabbed more than eight rebounds. Jared Sullinger led the team with eight.
- Phil Pressey, who started at point guard for Boston and dished out five assists, was the only player in the game to tally more than four helpers.
- New York led from start to finish.
- Cole Aldrich grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and also blocked a game-high three shots.
- Aldrich's 12 points and 10 boards accounted for the game's only double-double.
- The teams combined to commit just 19 turnovers.
- Anthony was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
- New York shot 52.5 percent from the field, 57.9 percent from 3-point range and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.
- Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless each scored 15 points for Boston.
- Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored 22 points off the bench for New York.
- The Knicks scored at least 31 points in three of the four quarters.
- Neither team made more than three fast break baskets.
Quote of the Night
They were executing at a high level with a very small team, very fast team, very skilled team, and they used that speed to hurt us on the other end as well. Brad Stevens on New York's incredible first-half shooting performanceMore quotes >>