Boston at New York

Pierce, Allen help Celtics hold off Knicks, rebound from loss

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- First it was Kobe, and then King James lit up Madison Square Garden. And at the end of one difficult week the New York Knicks were hurt by a cold hard truth and an All-Star guard who truly does have game.

Paul Pierce scored 26 points, Ray Allen finished with 22 and the Boston Celtics won 110-100 on Friday night to put a fitting end to one grueling stretch for New York.

Kevin Garnett also had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Boston, which rebounded from its 110-109 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. The Celtics won the season series against New York 3-1 and have won nine of the past 10 in the rivalry.

"It was a big win," said Pierce, nicknamed "The Truth" for his considerable all-around game. "For one, I thought we were mentally and physically drained coming into this game, especially after the tough loss. It took us a while. We got off to a slow start, but this team continues to find ways to win."

Al Harrington scored 27 points, and David Lee had 18 points and 18 rebounds for New York, which absorbed its third straight loss against one of the NBA's elite teams.

"They're world champions and we're not and we're trying to get to be really good, and I thought for a long time we played really well," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Our defense was good, I thought our energy was there."

Allen, who starred in the movie He Got Game, took over in the fourth quarter of the back-and-forth contest. After Danilo Gallinari scored to give New York an 80-79 lead, Allen scored Boston's next 11 points. His drive with about six minutes left put Boston in front 90-86.

"I really thought that stretch where Ray got it going got us out," coach Doc Rivers said. "That was huge for us."

Eddie House added a jumper and a 3-pointer from the corner to extend the Celtics' lead to nine with 4:05 to go. Chris Duhon responded with a three-point play for New York, but Garnett found Leon Powe inside for a dunk and Pierce hit a long jumper to make it 99-89 with 3:11 remaining.

"They know how to close out games down the stretch," Duhon said. "They execute perfectly offensively and defensively, and that's something that we have to get to."

It was an appropriate finale for a difficult week for the Knicks, who lost to three of the NBA's best teams and surrendered a couple of the greatest performances in Madison Square Garden history over a matter of days. Kobe Bryant scored 61 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 126-117 victory Monday, and LeBron James had 52 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-102 win Wednesday.

The Knicks' "Dream Week" wasn't exactly a nightmare considering the competition, but it definitely was a restless couple of nights.

"We knew this was going to be a tough week," Lee said. "I would have loved to get two victories out of it, but unfortunately we didn't."

Powe had 13 points and Rajon Rondo added 12 for the Celtics, who made nine of their first 12 shots in their 38-point fourth quarter -- including 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Boston has won seven straight on the road and 13 of 14 overall.

"That's the great thing about this game," Allen said. "When you go through such an emotional roller coaster one night, then you come back the next night, you're just playing the game. We knew they were sitting home waiting for us. It was important that we came out and played."

Kendrick Perkins' layup put Boston ahead 62-60 in the third, but Nate Robinson had a four-point play and Wilson Chandler had a terrific driving dunk to give the Knicks a four-point lead with three minutes left in the quarter.

Lee had 10 points in the third as New York carried a 76-72 lead into the final period.

Duhon had 15 points and seven assists, and Robinson finished with 13 points.

Notes

  • Pierce seemed to be favoring his right arm when he went to the sideline late in the first quarter. But the All-Star forward re-entered with 9:05 left in the second and appeared to be fine.
  • New York Jets coach Rex Ryan got a rousing ovation when he was shown on the overhead video screen in the first half.
  • Boston's matchup with the Lakers on Thursday night drew the highest rating on TNT since a 1996 game featuring Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson during the height of the Chicago Bulls' dynasty. The NBA Finals rematch delivered a 2.7 U.S. rating and was watched by more than 4.3 million viewers.
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Paul Pierce keeps the Knicks on their toes, shooting a scorching 8-for-13 from the field.  (AP)
Paul Pierce keeps the Knicks on their toes, shooting a scorching 8-for-13 from the field. (AP)

Scoreboard
Boston (42-10) «27192638110
New York (21-28) 26212924100
BOS:P. Pierce 26 Pts
BOS:K. Garnett 11 Reb
BOS:R. Rondo 7 Ast
NY:A. Harrington 27 Pts
NY:D. Lee 18 Reb
NY:C. Duhon 7 Ast
Players of the Game
New YorkBoston

D. Lee

P. Pierce
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
181812641
Boston
P. Pierce, SG438-139-1041326
K. Garnett, PF357-151-2114415
R. Allen, SG347-134-436622
R. Rondo, PG325-112-4107312
K. Perkins, C204-71-17229
L. Powe, PF274-75-770013
E. House, SG233-50-03218
G. Davis, PF141-30-04112
T. Allen, SG121-41-22033
S. Cassell, PGDid Not Play
B. Scalabrine, PFDid Not Play
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
G. Pruitt, PGDid Not Play
B. Walker, SGDid Not Play
J. Giddens, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-7823-30512323110
 51.3%76.7% 
New York
A. Harrington, PF4211-262-232327
D. Lee, PF348-152-2181318
C. Duhon, PG335-113-437215
Q. Richardson, SF243-100-03119
J. Jeffries, PF220-41-46241
N. Robinson, PG254-123-314213
W. Chandler, SF254-80-15149
T. Thomas, PF191-31-20123
D. Gallinari, SF142-30-04035
S. Marbury, PGDid Not Play
M. Rose, PFDid Not Play
J. James, PFDid Not Play
E. Curry, CDid Not Play
A. Roberson, SFDid Not Play
Totals 38-9212-18431924100
 41.3%66.7% 
Other Games
Orl 102 Final
Ind 107
Atl 102 Final
Char 97
Tor 92 Final
NO 101
Den 124 Final
Wash 103
LAC 126 Final
Mem 105
Port 93 Final
OKC 102
Utah 111 Final
Sac 107
GS 105 Final
Pho 115