Knicks’ Sharp Shooting Overwhelms Celtics
Four Knicks scored at least 20 points, including Carmelo Anthony’s triple-double, as New York won, despite 43 points from Paul Pierce, 118-110 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
Melo scored 35, grabbed 12 boards and dished out 10 assists.
New York built a 20 point second quarter lead and maintained a double-digit advantage for almost all of the second half. The Madison Square Garden crowd was in a frenzy as the Knicks made an NBA record 14 3-pointers in the first half. The team shot over 59-percent from 3-point range for the game (19 of 32). Steve Novak and J.R. Smith combined for 15 of those 3’s, with each scoring 25. And, Tyson Chandler added 20 points and seven rebounds.
The Celtics were lead by Pierce’s 43 points (11 of 19 FG, 17 of 18 FT). Kevin Garnet had 20 points and Rajon Rondo’s handed out 13 assists.
The Knicks (32-29) move to within 3 1/2 game of Boston for first in the Atlantic Division, a full game ahead of the Sixers for seventh place in the East, as Philly fell to Indiana.
New York visits New Jersey (22-40) on Wednesday night at 7:30.