The Boston Celtics technically played a basketball game with the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon, but it looked more a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition. The C's led the entire game and came away 114-73 victors.
Jordan Crawford led the Celtics with 23 points and seven assists. They owned the first quarter while it was not even clear if the Knicks had any players on the floor. Boston jumped out to a 25-3 lead and led 34-11 after 12 minutes.
The Knicks trailed by double digits for the final 45 minutes of the game. They were rotten in the first quarter, and the second quarter and the third...you get the picture.
Boston won the rebounding battle 46-26 and shot 54 percent to 34 percent for the Knicks. The C's his 14-of-25 threes while the Knicks were 6-of-16.
Carmelo Anthony "led" the team with 19 points and finished with a team-low minus-40 rating. Amar'e Stoudemire turned in a nice afternoon with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He blocked a shot and drew a charge, but in this tire fire of a game it didn't matter.
The C's surprisingly lead the watered-down Atlantic Division at 10-12, while the Knicks have fallen back into last place at 5-14. The defeat was the third-worst home loss in franchise history.
The Knicks visit the Cleveland Cavaliers and have to play the Celtics in Boston on Friday. Meanwhile, Boston is really lucky to have the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.