New York Knicks 116, Boston Celtics 92.
With Rajon Rondo resting on the second night of a back-to-back, the Boston Celtics couldn’t afford for the New York Knicks to come in and play at a very high level.
Unfortunately, the Knicks started out hotter than anyone had envisioned.
New York scored 68 first-half points, Carmelo Anthony finished with 34 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks won their fifth-straight game, downing the C’s 116-92.
The Knicks shot 60.5 percent from the floor in the first half, including shooting 9-of-10 from beyond the arc and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. New York ended the night shooting 52.5 percent from the field, and 11-of-19 from 3-point range,
Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. added 22 points for the Knicks, shooting 7-of-11 from the floor. J.R. Smith chipped in with 13, while Cole Aldrich had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Jeff Green led the way for the green, scoring 27 points on 10 for 21 shooting.
Kris Humphries provided the defensive play of the game for the Celtics. With a little over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Hardaway Jr. pushed the ball up the court and headed toward the basket. Hardaway Jr. attempted to lay the ball in, but Humphries trailed, leaping and swatting the ball off the backboard and out of bounds. The thunderous block brought the crowd at the TD Garden to their feet.
On the other end, Humphries was a part of the offensive play of the game for the green. Phil Pressey, who started for Rondo, pushed the ball up court on a fast break. At the last second, he dumped the ball back to the trailing big man, and Hump finished with a vicious slam.
Boston, after trailing by 20 at halftime, would win the third quarter 27-17. New York’s lead, however, was too big to overcome for the Rondo-less C’s squad.