Notebook: Knicks 90, Celtics 76



Posted Apr 27, 2013 12:26 AM

Brian Robb, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 26 points, taking the lead in a dominating effort by the New York Knicks, as the visitors cruised to a 90-76 win over the Boston Celtics. With the victory, the Knicks have taken commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven first round series. Raymond Felton added 15 points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who nearly led the game from start to finish, thanks to a stifling defensive effort. The Knicks forced 18 turnovers, and scored 26 points off those miscues, while Boston struggled to score the ball for the third consecutive game in the series. Jeff Green had a team-high 21 points in the setback.

QUOTABLE: "I mean, to be honest with you, to accomplish that would be spectacular, it would be a dream come true. I've never swept anybody."
-- Anthony on the possibility of sweeping the Celtics Sunday afternoon in Boston.

THE STAT: The Celtics scored just 31 points in the first half of Game 3. Combined with their 23-point output in the second half of Game 4, Boston scored a miniscule 54 points total over that 48-minute span, which would have been a season-low in the NBA this season.

TURNING POINT: Anthony caught fire in the closing minutes of the second quarter, hitting four straight jumpers in the midst of a 11-2 Knicks run, allowing New York to build a daunting 16-point halftime lead.

GOOD MOVE: The Celtics honored the victims and first responders of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings with a tribute at the end of the first quarter.

HOT: Anthony -- The All-Star small forward led all scorers for the third consecutive game. He's averaging 32 points per game in the first three games this series, while shooting an efficient 46 percent from the field.

NOT: Paul Pierce -- Boston's captain struggled with his shot and ballhandling yet again against the Knicks. Pierce missed eight of his ten shot attempts in the first half and turned the ball over five times on the night. His 16 turnovers over the first three games of the series is the highest turnover total for any player in the postseason this year.

QUOTABLE II: "You want it so bad and you rush, and get anxious. I though that's what we did tonight. We played hard, got some looks. The ball just didn't bounce our way."
-- Pierce.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Garnett -- The veteran big man bounced back from foul trouble in Game 2 to put up an impressive double-double in the loss with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Those 17 boards were one shy of his season-high.

QUOTABLE III: "I don't know. We're 0-3. I may start you [a reporter] in the game, if you can give me something."
-- Doc Rivers on his plans for the starting lineup for Game 4.

ROOKIE WATCH: Pablo Prigioni -- The oldest rookie in the NBA provided the Knicks with a spark on both ends of the floor. The point guard drilled three 3-pointers, all coming in the first half, and collected five steals while pressuring Boston's offense all night.

BAD MOVE: J.R. Smith was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter, after being assessed a flagrant two foul by officials for throwing a elbow at Jason Terry.

NOTABLE: Terry made his first start of the postseason in place of Brandon Bass. It was the first playoff win for the Knicks in Boston since 1990. The Celtics have lost six consecutive games against the Knicks since beating them at Madison Square Garden on January 7th.

UP NEXT: Game 4. New York @ Boston on Sunday April 27, at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.