Celtics top Knicks 114-73, biggest rout of season

Another sizzling start for the Celtics, only this time they kept

pouring it on.

By the time they were finished, they had battered the New York

Knicks in the most lopsided NBA game this season.

Jordan Crawford made six 3-pointers and scored 23 points, and

Boston won its third straight with a 114-73 victory on Sunday.

Jared Sullinger added 21 for the Celtics, who jumped to leads of

12-0, 18-1 and 25-3 and improved their Atlantic Division-leading

record to 10-12.

”It was just fun to get a win like that in here because I’ve

been on the other side of it a couple times. It’s good to get a win

against the division,” Crawford said.

Boston scored the first 14 points Friday in a victory over

Denver, though that one eventually got close.

Not this time.

The Celtics led 58-31 at halftime, then Crawford made four

3-pointers in a 34-point third quarter that extended Boston’s lead

to 92-56. The Celtics then scored the first four points of the

fourth for a 40-point bulge, triggering loud boos that would get

louder at the final buzzer.

”I think the biggest thing today was coming out after halftime

and keeping it going. That’s hard to do,” Celtics coach Brad

Stevens said.

Boston led by as much as 45 and went on to surpass a 38-point

victory by the Clippers over Chicago that had been the NBA’s

biggest victory this season. The Celtics shot 54 percent overall

and 56 percent from 3-point range in the rematch of the Knicks’

first-round playoff victory last season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks, who had done to

them what they had done to their previous two opponents. Coming off

a 30-point victory over Brooklyn and a 38-point rout of Orlando,

the Knicks finished with season lows in points and field goal

percentage (34.2).

”It’s a step backwards. I thought we had turned the corner

somewhat,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said in taking much of the

blame. ”I can’t have our guys stepping on the floor doing what

they did tonight.”

Starting guards Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert were both 0 for

6, center Andrea Bargnani was 1 for 7, and Anthony finished 5 of

15.

”It’s just one of those games where it happens,” Felton said.

”You hate that it happens, you hate to get beat like that inside

your building. It was nasty game, it’s a bad taste in our mouth

right now.”

New York fell to 0-6 in its orange uniforms, which the Knicks

are wearing in weekend home games and also donned at Chicago on

Halloween in their road opener. Their three worst losses of the

season have come in their alternate colors.

”I’m not a superstitious guy, so I won’t blame it on the 12

o’clock game, I won’t blame it on the orange uniforms,” said

Anthony, who won a national championship for the Syracuse Orange.

”Regardless, we could’ve lost in the white uniforms today. It’d

have still been the same thing.”

Jeff Green and Brandon Bass each scored 16 for the Celtics, who

stay in New York for the next couple of days during something of a

reunion week. They face Kevin Garnett and Brooklyn Tuesday for the

first time in the regular season since last summer’s blockbuster

trade, then return home to face former coach Doc Rivers and the

Clippers on Wednesday.

It was 12-0 before the Knicks finally got on the board on

Anthony’s free throw after the Celtics were called for a defensive

3-second violation. Crawford and Sullinger then hit consecutive

3-pointers to make it 18-1 before the Knicks finally made a basket

on Anthony’s dunk with 5:45 remaining.

”We were aggressive on the ball,” Green said. ”We forced them

to play on their heels.”

The Celtics led 34-11 after one and opened a 26-point lead when

Courtney Lee nailed a 3-pointer to open the second. Leading by 17

late in the period, then ran off 12 in a row, Green’s three-point

play making it 58-29 with 37 seconds remaining.

Knicks starters were 3 for 23 in the first half.

Notes: The Celtics played just their second division game of the

season. They lost to Toronto on opening night. … With Kenyon

Martin resting a sore left ankle, the Knicks gave rookie Tim

Hardaway Jr. his first start.

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