BOSTON – The tables have turned in the first half in Game 4, as the Knicks failed to reach 20 points in either quarter and trail the Celtics 54-35 at the half. Paul Pierce exploded at the end of the half to open up the 17 points lead with 17 points of his own and eight of them coming in the last few plays of the half.
After starting 2-for-5 in the first, Pierce hit all four of his shots to close out the half and get the crowd going. Pierce, who has played all but three minutes thus far, continues to run the offense by posting up on the perimeter and nailing threes. But Jeff Green deserves most of the credit for keeping the Celtics alive, as KG went out early in the second quarter after picking up his third foul.
Green immediately went into attack mode, getting to the line six times and hitting a few shots from the perimeter. He got up to 15 points before hitting the bench after his third foul.
Carmelo Anthony has 16 points on a horrid 3-for-15 shooting, but an an astounding 10-for-11 form the line. His five turnovers have allowed the Celtics to get out transition like they prefer. The Celtics have 10 points off of turnovers to the Knicks' five.