Celtics 107, Knicks 105
It just wasn't Kevin Garnett's day, and for a while, it didn't look like it was the Celtics' day, either. Garnett struggled the entire afternoon and made only four of his first 14 shot attempts. Paul Pierce, who finished with a game-high 33 points, was carrying the Celtics in this overtime nailbiter and he seemed to be the only source of offense for Boston. Then the final play happened.
With less than 10 seconds remaining on the clock, Boston came out of their timeout and ran a pick-and-roll with Pierce and Garnett at the top of the key. With KG struggling to find his shot, David Lee opted to hedge the screen aggressively and take Pierce's shot away first and foremost, which left Garnett open for the pop about 20 feet from the basket. Pierce dished the pass off to him and Garnett stepped into the biggest jumper he's taken all season, drilling it as time expired.
It didn't look like anything was going to go right for Garnett today, but when the team needed him most, the Big Ticket delivered.
Key Box Score Line
The Celtics couldn't find their rhythm offensively in today's game and finished the afternoon shooting only 41.7 percent from the floor. So how in the world did Boston put up 107 points? The answer is simple: Paul Pierce.
Pierce dominated the game offensively, tipping things off with 14 points in the first quarter. He was unstoppable from 3-point range, which helped him finish with a game-high 33 points.
Box Score Nuggets
- Paul Pierce made six of his seven 3-point attempts.
- The two teams combined to take 55 shots from behind the 3-point arc.
- Six Celtics scored in double-figures.
- Rasheed Wallace did not score a point in 15:21 of playing time.
- Boston committed 17 turnovers while New York gave it up 18 times.
- Al Harrington scored 30 points off the bench for the Knicks.
- The Celtics blocked eight shots, four of which came from Kendrick Perkins.
- Speaking of Kendrick Perkins, he had his best game of the season with 16 points, 13 rebounds and those four blocks.
- Three Celtics starters (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo) played at least 40 minutes.
Quote of the Night
Kevin Garnett on the final play of the game: "I hadn't made a J all night, taking shots that I usually make. We just wound the clock down and I knew they were going to switch, or follow Paul, and that he was going to draw a lot of their attention and I had to make the shot."