In their first matchup against the New York Knicks this season, the Boston Celtics did not have Rajon Rondo in their lineup, but it didn't matter. Down the stretch Boston executed its offense to perfection, while New York resorted to desperation three-pointers, and the result was a gritty 102-96 win.
It's Boston's third straight win, and third win in four games since Avery Bradley returned to its starting lineup. Paul Pierce had 23 points in 27 minutes, and Carmelo Anthony countered with an ugly 20 points on 26 shots.
The Knicks attempted a ridiculous 32 three-pointers and made an impressive 14 of them. But it wasn't nearly enough.