The Boston Celtics improved to 17-17 on the season with a 102-96 over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The Knicks fell to 23-11 with the loss.
Playing without the suspended Rajon Rondo, the Celtics were led by Paul Pierce, who contributed a team-high 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting, while Kevin Garnett was a major factor on both ends of the floor, posting a line of 19 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger led a Boston bench that totaled 39 points on the evening, with the former scoring 16 points and the latter contributing 10 points of his own.
Perhaps the biggest reason for the Knicks' loss on their home court was the play of Carmelo Anthony, who converted on a meager 6-of-26 shots en route to 20 points.
J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 24 points and Amar'e Stoudemire looked sharp, scoring 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting, but their contributions weren't enough to overcome a miserable offensive showing by Mike Woodson's bunch.
Boston shot 52.7 percent from the field compared to a mark of 40.8 percent for the Knicks, although New York did knock down 43.8 (14-of-32) percent of their three-pointers on the evening.
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