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Marcus Thornton nearly pulled the Celtics back from a second-half deficit Wednesday night in Charlotte. Friday night felt like déjà vu.

Thornton sparked a 10-2 run by Boston that sliced an 11-point deficit all the way down to two. The run spanned from the end of the third quarter to the beginning of the fourth and featured six points from Thornton, all on 3s. His second trey of the contest made it a 75-73 game with 11:15 remaining in the fourth.

To give credit where credit is due, New York responded, and quickly. The Knicks weren’t interested in giving up their lead. Instead, they re-established it to a game-high level.

New York answered Boston’s run with one of its own. The Knicks scored nine straight points during the span of two minutes and 13 seconds to turn a two-point game into a 13-point game. Brandon Bass ended New York’s spurt with a dunk, but the Knicks scored the next four points to take a commanding 15-point lead with 5:44 left on the clock.

Shane Larkin, whom the Knicks acquired through an offseason trade with Dallas, opened up the run with a 3-pointer off of a dish from Tim Hardaway Jr. Jason Smith then sandwiched two free throws and a jumper from the right elbow around an Amar’e Stoudemire bucket to make it an 84-73 game. Pablo Prigioni’s breakaway layup closed out the 9-0 run at the 8:42 mark.

Boston never sliced New York’s lead to fewer than five points from that point on. Jeff Green did his best to give the C’s one last chance, scoring 14 points over the game’s final five-plus minutes, but the Knicks held on for a 101-95 victory. New York can thank its early-quarter response to Thornton’s spurt for that result.

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Jeff Green just continues to sizzle for the Boston Celtics. His career year got even better Friday night.

Green, who entered the contest averaging a career-best and team-high 19.6 points per game, blazed pass that average against the Knicks. He led the contest with 28 points, six more than the next-highest total.

The swingman’s trend of scoring efficiently continued against New York. He shot 9-of-20 from the field, 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.

This performance wasn’t all about the points. Green also gave a strong contribution on the glass, where he reeled in six of the game’s missed shots. His six boards were the most he had grabbed in the last 10 games. Green hadn’t grabbed that many rebounds since Nov. 21 in Memphis.

The Celtics must be excited about Green’s performance despite suffering a third consecutive loss. He has been playing at a high level, and on Friday, he looked like an All-Star.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Two of New York's starters scored at least 20 points, but the starters only outscored the reserves 56-45.
  • Boston's bench, meanwhile, totaled just 33 points.
  • The Celtics outscored the Knicks in the paint (48-36), in second-chance points (20-11) and in fast break points (16-15) yet still lost.
  • Jeff Green scored a game-high 28 points.
  • Green accounted for four of Boston's seven made 3-pointers.
  • Both teams scored 26 points during the final quarter.
  • Tyler Zeller logged another strong performance with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go along with six rebounds.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. led all reserves with 16 points.
  • Marcus Thornton wasn't far behind Hardaway Jr. with 13 points of his own.
  • Boston out-assisted New York 28-26.
  • Rajon Rondo dished out a game-high 10 helpers.
  • Carmelo Anthony (22 points) and Amar'e Stoudemire (20 points) led New York in scoring.
  • The Knicks scored 19 points off of Boston's 18 turnovers.
  • Evan Turner committed a game-high five turnovers.
  • Jared Sullinger went scoreless on six shot attempts.
  • Anthony blocked a game-high three shots, matching Boston's team total.
  • Rondo's seven rebounds tied Stoudemire for the game high in that category.

Quote of the Night

In basketball at this level or any level, the minute you feel sorry for yourself it’s going to snowball on you. You have to earn things. You have to go out and do them.

Brad Stevens on keeping the team's morale at a high level.

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