N.Y. Knicks vs. Boston Celtics: Game 3 Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The New York Knicks used smothering defense and a lethal attack from beyond the arc to win 90-76 and take a 3-0 series lead.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers 26 points, Raymond Felton picked up 15 points and 10 assists and J.R. Smith was ejected for a flagrant foul. Jeff Green led the Boston Celtics with 21 point sand nine rebounds.
Game 4 will be played in Boston.
Keys to the Game
3. Three-Point Shooting
In terms of what you'll find in the box score, the disparity is telling in the three-point shooting category. Not only did the New York Knicks dominate from beyond the arc, but the Boston Celtics came nowhere close to reaching their level.
The Knicks made 11 from beyond the arc, while the Celtics made six.
For those unwilling to do the math, that's a point differential of 15 points via the three-point shot. Seeing as the Celtics lost by 14 points, it's pretty clear what decided the outcome of this game.
It's also sad that Boston lost so handily on a night in which the Knicks shot 3-of-8 from the free throw line.
If the Celtics are to come back, they'll need to shoot the three-ball against a Knicks team that set the NBA record for three-point field goals made in one season. If they're unable to, they will continue to struggle to match New York's offense.
With that being said, the key is being able to shoot the three—not shooting it as many times as possible.
2. Opportunistic Defense
The New York Knicks have held the Boston Celtics to less than 80 points in each of their first three games. Tonight, the Celtics scored 76 points while shooting 40.0 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from beyond the arc.
With that being said, the Celtics did hold the Knicks to a series-high 90 points—so why is defense the problem?
The Celtics may be holding the Knicks to remarkably low scoring outputs, but their defense falters when they need it. As Boston made field goals, so too would the Knicks, thus extending their lead.
How many points your opponent scores is irrelevant—it's about how you play defense after you score.
Boston has been unable to string together offensive runs because of their defense. By allowing the Knicks to drain the three, the Celtics respond by throwing up rather senseless attempts from beyond the arc.
If they're unwilling to play at their own pace, they will lose Game 4.
1. Point Guard Play
During the 2012-13 NBA regular season, there was a strong majority that felt the Boston Celtics could survive without Rajon Rondo. After all, Boston did win their first seven games without Rondo.
To put it simply, they've been exposed by the New York Knicks.
The Celtics have no direction on offense and have failed to top 80 points in a single game during this series. They're playing isolation basketball on virtually every possession and tallied just 14 assists tonight.
Rondo is known for doing that on his own.
As for the Knicks, they were led by tremendous point guard play via Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. Felton went for 15 points and 10 assists, while Prigioni made three first quarter three-pointers and made key hustle plays to lead this victory.
The Knicks finished with 38 field goals made and 22 assists—that's 57.9 percent of their buckets coming off of assists.
Boston Celtics' box score via NBA.com.
New York Knicks' box score via NBA.com.
Same old story in the final minute. The Boston Celtics are finally generating offense, but it's all too little too late.
A major reason is their inability to defend when it matters most.
The New York Knicks win this and go up 3-0 over their rival Boston Celtics. Rajon Rondo is out to give his teammates high fives, but they need him back in a uniform if they're to make an unheralded 0-3 comeback.
A great defensive performance by the Knicks, once again.
New York Knicks 90, Boston Celtics 76—Final Score
The Boston Celtics have scored more fourth quarter points tonight than they did in Game 1 and Game 2 combined.
Don't get too excited, they have 22 points in the fourth quarter tonight.
New York Knicks 86, Boston Celtics 74—1:34 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Jason Terry attempted to pass it between Steve Novak's legs and turned it over. That might be the game.
Raymond Felton drops in two to confirm that notion.
New York Knicks 86, Boston Celtics 71—2:32 remaining in the Third Quarter
Behind Jeff Green's heroics, the Boston Celtics are right back in this thing. Paul Pierce picks up two points at the free throw line and it's a 13-point game.
Never say never.
New York Knicks 84, Boston Celtics 71—3:18 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
The Boston Celtics have finally discovered their offensive rhythm, but the New York Knicks haven't lost theirs. Scoring baskets certainly helps, but they become meaningless when the opposition is scoring at will.
Allowing an alley-oop is just salt on the wound.
New York Knicks 82, Boston Celtics 66—5:43 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
J.R. Smith has been ejected for the elbow he threw at Jason Terry. It was called a Flagrant 2 and he ran back to the locker room with no complaints.
Smith had 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting before being thrown out.
Terry makes both free throws and then assists Kevin Garnett. The TD Garden is alive and well again.
Can Boston capitalize?
New York Knicks 80, Boston Celtics 63—6:33 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Steve Novak with another three-pointer to give the New York Knicks 11 total. By comparison, the Boston celtics have made four.
The crowd is approaching silence.
J.R. Smith intentionally elbowed Jason Terry in the face. Terry attempted to go back at him, but coaches and teammates held him back.
This could and should be an ejection for Smith.
New York Knicks 78, Boston Celtics 59—7:06 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Jordan Crawford opened up with a quick two, but the New York Knicks have responded. With J.R. Smith providing two baskets and Steve Novak draining a three, the Knicks have continued their dominance.
Jason Terry responds with a three of his own and he now has nine points.
New York Knicks 75, Boston Celtics 56—8:07 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Good Lawd! The Knicks look as if they're on the verge of sweeping the Boston Celtics. Wow!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) April 27, 2013
Sad, but true.
Kenyon Martin blocks Jeff Green at the buzzer and the New York Knicks take a 68-52 lead into the fourth quarter.
New York Knicks 68, Boston Celtics 52—End of the Third Quarter
On top of their missed free throws, the Boston Celtics are now 6-of-9 from the free throw line. To make matters worse, they can't seem to make a stop defensively.
The New York Knicks aren't playing a great game offensively, but they're doing everything they need to win this in convincing fashion.
New York Knicks 68, Boston Celtics 51—39.4 seconds remaining in the Third Quarter
Best acquisition of the 2012-13 regular season? It's between Kenyon Martin for the New York Knicks and Chris Andersen for the Miami Heat.
K-Mart just threw down a vicious put-back dunk—he leads the Knicks in rebounding and blocks thus far in the playoffs.
New York Knicks 67, Boston Celtics 50—1:19 remaining in the Third Quarter
Carmelo Anthony, Carmelo Anthony, Carmelo Anthony. Oh, and a bit of Raymond Felton. The New York Knicks were up 19 points, but Jeff Green is heading to the line for an And-One.
Green makes the free throw and it's down to a 16-point game.
New York Knicks 65, Boston Celtics 49—1:41 remaining in the Third Quarter
The New York Knicks go on a 9-4 run and have extended their lead to 14 points. That may not seem like a huge run, but in these defensive-minded battles, it's been huge.
Anyone else wondering how Jason Terry could have fallen from a Sixth Man of the Year contender to a non-factor in just one season?
This year's Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith, drains teh jumper.
New York Knicks 58, Boston Celtics 44—4:17 remaining in the THird Quarter
Paul Pierce drains a tough jumper and the Boston Celtics appear to have regained momentum. Pablo Prigioni strips Jason Terry in transition, however, and the Knicks respond with a three-ball from Carmelo Anthony.
Pierce clanks a three off of the back of the rim in response. Boston's offense is made up of directionless passing and missed opportunities.
Another near-steal from Pablo Prigioni as he dives into the crowd to attempt to save it.
New York Knicks 52, Boston Celtics 38—7:01 remaining in the Third Quarter
Just as I say that, the Celtics score five straight points and bring the TD Garden back to life.
Another turnover and this time the New York Knicks score. We've never seen the Boston Celtics play this poorly for an extended period of time.
New York Knicks 49, Boston Celtics 33—9:50 remaining in the Third Quarter
The Boston Celtics make a stop defensively but then turn it over quickly. The New York Knicks are swarming on both ends of the floor in the opening minute of the quarter and Boston is falling apart.
New York Knicks 47, Boston Celtics 31—11:00 remaining in the Third Quarter
The New York Knicks have been on fire from the opening tip, with eight separate players scoring during the first half. They made seven three-pointers as a team and were led by Pablo Prigioni making three three-balls.
Carmelo Anthony leads all scorers with 12 points.
As for the Boston Celtics, it's more of the same as they fail to score the basketball without Rajon Rondo facilitating the offense. With that being said, at some point, it goes beyond Rondo's absence and falls to execution.
Boston has missed lay-ups throughout the duration of this game. There's simply no excuse for their quality of play.
Who would've thought that the Celtics would be in serious danger of being swept?
New York Knicks 47, Boston Celtics 31—Halftime
The Boston Celtics barely managed to top 30 points during the first half. This is disgusting how poorly they play without Rajon Rondo.
Leandro Barbosa and Jared Sullinger are also being missed.
New York Knicks 47, Boston Celtics 31—Halftime
Story of the game? The Boston Celtics have missed at least five lay-ups.
Not a joke.
New York Knicks 42, Boston Celtics 29—1:59 remaining in the Second Quarter
The New York Knicks have three point guards on the floor in Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni. Even still, the Boston Celtics cannot penetrate or rise up for jump shots over the smaller competition.
Paul Pierce takes a hard foul, thus resulting in a timeout.
New York Knicks 42, Boston Celtics 29—2:27 remaining in the Second Quarter
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