Notebook: Celtics 97, Knicks 90 (OT)



Posted Apr 28, 2013 6:27 PM

Brian Robb, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Paul Pierce scored 29 points, helping the Boston Celtics withstand a furious second half comeback by the New York Knicks and escape with a 97-90 overtime win. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 36 points for the Knicks, who were looking for a 4-0 sweep in the first round series, but fell short after rallying from a 20-point second half deficit. The hero? Jason Terry, who scored nine of his 18 points in the overtime period to carry Boston to the win. Jeff Green added 26 points for the hosts, who now trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

QUOTABLE: "We wanted to survive...This is the position we put ourselves in. To continue to play we've got to continue to win. That's what it's all about."
-- Kevin Garnett.

THE STAT: Raymond Felton outscored the Celtics all by himself in an impressive third quarter comeback by the visitors. The crafty point guard scored 16 of his 27 points in the frame, compared to just 14 total for the Celtics over the 12 minutes.

TURNING POINT: With the game tied at 88 in overtime, Terry got the ball ahead of the pack in transition off a Knicks miss. Instead of taking it to the basket, Terry pulled up for the surprise 3-pointer and nailed it. The basket gave the Celtics a three-point lead, an edge they held onto the rest of the contest.

GOOD MOVE: Celtics coach Doc Rivers elected to go back to Brandon Bass in the starting lineup, in place of Terry. Bass rewarded his head coach with some exceptional defense on Anthony, who missed 25-of-35 shots, easily his worst shooting output of the series.

QUOTABLE II: "They were fighting for dear life. They showed some heart out there today. We knew the game was going to be physical from the jump. We knew that they were going to fight for their life, which they did today."
-- Anthony.

HOT: Pierce -- Boston's captain caught fire in the closing minutes of the second quarter, scoring eight of his 10 second quarter points in the closing two minutes of the period to put the Celtics up by 19 heading into halftime.

NOT: Anthony managed to score 36 points for the visitors, but struggled mightily with his shooting from the field, hitting just 28 percent of his shots on the afternoon. His 25 missed shots were the most Anthony has missed in a postseason game over his 10-year career.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Garnett -- The veteran big man posted his second consecutive double-double of the series with 11 points and 17 rebounds over 36 minutes. Garnett also matched his second-highest rebounding output of the season (17) for the second straight game.

QUOTABLE III: "At the end of the day, this is it. It's going to be a long summer, so every game is crucial, every possession. But tonight we really played -- this is the first time that we really came out with fire in our eyes, and I guess that's because it's elimination. Every game from here on out is Game 7 for us."
-- Terry.

ROOKIE WATCH: Pablo Prigioni -- The point guard struggled on the offensive end, finish with just three points, but continued to wreak havoc on the defensive end of the floor for the Knicks. Prigioni created four steals on the day, and leads all players in the NBA playoffs with 10 steals in the first round.

NOTABLE: J.R. Smith was suspended for Game 4 by the NBA, due to a flagrant 2 foul on Terry in Game 3. He will be back in action for Game 5. Iman Shumpert scored 12 points, a series-high for him. New York had a major edge on the offensive glass, outrebounding the Celtics 16-3 on the day. The Celtics led by as many as 20 points in the second half. With a victory Wednesday night, the Knicks will win their first playoff series in 13 years...Bass fouled out in the fourth quarter after just 30 minutes of action. Anthony took a season-high 20 free throws.

UP NEXT: Game 5. Boston @ New York on Wednesday May 1st. Time TBA.