The Boston Celtics pounded the New York Knicks in the most
lopsided game in the NBA this season this past weekend.
The woeful Knicks will look for revenge – and only their second
set of back-to-back wins of the season – when the teams meet again
in Boston on Friday night.
The Celtics’ 114-73 victory at New York on Sunday was a blowout
from the start, with Boston scoring the first 12 points and never
looking back. The Celtics shot 54.2 percent from the field, and
Boston had two players score at least 20 points, while the Knicks’
starters totaled 29.
“What Boston came in here and did was an embarrassment,” Knicks
forward Carmelo Anthony said after the game. ” … We move on.”
The Knicks (6-15) are averaging 93.8 points, among the lowest in
the league, despite Anthony’s 25.6 a contest.
Anthony scored 30 as New York earned a desperately needed win
after two straight losses Wednesday, 83-78 over Chicago at home. He
went 11 of 12 from the line and added 10 rebounds for the Knicks,
who squandered a 23-point lead before hanging on.
”From a mental standpoint, if this game would have got away
from us, ain’t no telling what would have happened,” Anthony
Amare Stoudemire finished with 14 points and nine rebounds and
keyed a 19-0 second-quarter spurt. Averaging 7.3 points, the
reserve forward has totaled 46 in the past three contests – his
best three-game stretch of the season.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson called the 41-point loss to Boston “a
step backwards,” and he’ll be hoping his team continues its road
defensive prowess as it seeks revenge. New York is giving up 93.8
points per game away from home, compared to 101.3 at Madison Square
“We can’t keep saying this every game, we got to start stepping
it up and start playing,” Woodson said.
The Knicks, though, were dealt a major blow when it was
announced Thursday that starting point guard Raymond Felton is
expected to miss two to three weeks with a strained left
Felton, averaging 10.3 points and 5.2 assists, has been bothered
by the hamstring for much of the season and the Knicks finally
decided to shut him down. He had an MRI exam Thursday to confirm
Iman Shumpert, the other starting guard, is listed as day to day
with a bruised left knee. He was hurt Wednesday when he banged
knees during a collision on the court.
Boston has dropped two straight since the win over New York,
falling 96-88 on Wednesday in an emotional defeat to former coach
Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers in Rivers’ return to TD
”We were just trying to win a game, plain and simple,” said
forward Jeff Green, who scored 29 points.
The Celtics (10-14) will look to get back on track by doing a
better job defending the 3-point line. The Celtics allow 5.4 made
3-pointers per game, fewest in the NBA, and despite allowing only
six to Los Angeles, two of them by Jamal Crawford in the final
minutes put the game out of reach after the Celtics had made it a
Boston averaged 109.3 points during three consecutive wins that
preceded their back-to-back losses, but they’ve scored 92.0 per
game in the defeats.
Celtics rookie center Kelly Olynyk could return Friday after
missing the past 10 games. Olynyk, who averaged 7.5 points and 5.4
rebounds before being sidelined with a sprained right ankle, had a
chance to play Wednesday but was held out again.