The game was tight throughout, and one early fourth-quarter run keyed the Knicks' surprising victory over the Celtics. Three Knicks combined to score nine straight points for New York, taking them from a one-point deficit to an eight-point lead. That quick spurt isn't what won the game for the Knicks, but it certainly gave them the swagger and confidence that they needed to make big shots down the stretch.
The big shot that put New York ahead for good was a deep 3-pointer by Al Harrington with 1:23 remaining in the game that put them ahead by three. Nate Robinson added a driving layup with 1:18 remaining to cap off the night's scoring. Boston went scoreless over the final 1:40 of the game.
Stat Line of the Game
David Lee put up an impressive performance against one of the best frontlines in the league by dominating the glass and shooting the ball well from the field and free throw line.
Box Score Nuggets
- Rajon Rondo totaled seven assists in the game, more than double that of any other teammate tonight.
- The Knicks made seven more 3-pointers (13) than Boston (6).
- The Knicks took a whopping 36 3-pointers and made 13 of them.
- New York entered the game last in the NBA in all three shooting categories, but made 43.8 percent of their field goals, 36.1 percent of their threes and 75.8 percent of their free throws tonight.
- Four Knicks scored at least 18 points, led by Nate Robinson's 21 off the bench.
- The Celtics actually made five more field goals (40) than the Knicks (35).
- Both teams had 11 steals.
- Only one Celtics starter (Ray Allen, 31:28) played more than 30 minutes, while only one Knicks starter (David Lee, 29:18) played less than 30 minutes.
- Kendrick Perkins finished with 12 rebounds, but only one came at the offensive end.
Quote of the Night
Rasheed Wallace on if the team is prepared for the regular season: "We are ready. We have nothing to worry about, no red flags. A couple miscues, but that is what everyone has."
- Compiled by Marc D'Amico