When the Boston Celtics met the Knicks last Sunday, things didn’t go exactly the way New York drew it up. The Celtics throttled the Knicks 114-73, the largest margin of any NBA game thus far in 2014.
Before Friday night, however, C’s head coach Brad Stevens warned that a very different Knicks team would show up – and he was right.
It took the Celtics all 48 minutes, but Boston managed to make a late fourth quarter comeback and top the Knicks 90-86, ending a two-game skid.
With 2:38 left in the game Avery Bradley knocked down a three-pointer from the right corner, giving the Celtics an 84-82 lead. It capped off an 18-5 Boston run, one which the Knicks would not be able to overcome.
Jeff Green sealed the deal in the last 10 seconds when he drove to the hoop and made a layup while being fouled, putting Boston up 4.
Green only had 8 points, but made the Celtics biggest shot and came up with a huge block on Carmelo Anthony in the game’s last minute.
Jared Sullinger led the way for the green with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Courtney Lee had 18 points off of the bench, going 3-for-3 beyond the arc.
The Celtics led 54-48 at half, but the Knicks went on a 20-9 run before the break to get back into the game.
Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 26 points, while Andrea Bargnani had 22.
With the win the Celtics improve to 11-14 on the season, and remain atop the Atlantic Division. The C’s are back in action on Monday against Minnesota.