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Neither the Celtics nor the Knicks could separate themselves from the other on Friday night. That is, at least, until Boston made one minor run during the fourth quarter.

Evan Turner keyed a 9-2 run by the Celtics from the 6:42 mark of the fourth quarter to the 4:09 mark. He scored five of those nine points, including the two that capped Boston’s run.

That subtle spurt provided the Celtics with an 86-75 lead over the Knicks. That lead matched the largest lead of the game by either team.

The free-throw line was Boston’s greatest friend down the stretch. The C’s nailed 10 of their 14 freebies over the final 1:47 of the game to hold on for a 92-96 victory.

Key Player

Four Celtics scored at least 15 points Friday night against the Knicks. The least sexy performance of that group undoubtedly came from Brandon Bass, but his performance may have been the best.

Bass was ridiculously efficient against New York. He scored 16 points and only needed seven field goal attempts to reach that total. Bass attempted a game-high 10 free throw attempts and connected on eight of them.

Boston’s starting power forward notched the only double-double of the game by grabbing 10 boards on the night. He led the game in total rebounds and offensive rebounds (three). His 16-point, 10-rebound effort marked his fifth double-double of the season, which matches Evan Turner for the second-highest total on the team behind Jared Sullinger’s 12.

Box Score Nuggets

  • The Celtics connected on 34 of their 43 free throw attempts, good for 79.1 percent.
  • Four Celtics scored at least 15 points, led by 18 from Isaiah Thomas.
  • Boston limited New York to just 43.7 percent shooting from the field and 29.2 percent shooting from 3-point range.
  • Thomas also tied for the game high in assists with six. Langston Galloway and Shane Larkin also dished out six helpers.
  • New York outscored Boston 46-32 in the paint.
  • The Knicks outscored the Celtics by one point during both the first and third quarters.
  • Evan Turner committed five of Boston's 16 turnovers.
  • Brandon Bass logged the only double-double of the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Boston shot just 4-of-20 from long range.
  • Andrea Bargnani led the game in scoring with 25 points and also accounted for New York's only two blocked shots.
  • Jae Crowder scored 17 points off the bench for Boston.
  • Lou Amundson scored only two points in 21-plus minutes of action.

Quote of the Night

I wasn’t scared to get hurt. I was out there playing. I was able to play a little faster.

Isaiah Thomas on bouncing back with an 18-point performance in his second game back from injury.

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