The New York Knicks headed up I-95 on Friday night to play the Boston Celtics once again, only this time on the C's turf. The Knicks got spanked in a shameful 41-point loss at home on Dec. 8, setting off yet another media maelstrom around the team, so they were eager to avenge that defeat.
The Knicks were in control early in the fourth quarter, but they fell on their faces down the stretch as the Celtics nipped them 90-86. Jared Sullinger led the way with 19 points for Boston. Carmelo had 26 points but just six in the second half. Andrea Bargnani turned in 22 tenacious points for New York.
The Knicks fell to 6-16 in this crushing loss which in some ways felt more devastating than the 41-point loss. The C's led by 17 in the second quarter, but the Knicks came roaring back. They led by 11 points with 10:32 left in the fourth, but the Boston beat them 22-7 down the stretch.
The Celtics moved to 11-14 and retained their lead in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks will also await news on the abdominal injury suffered by Kenyon Martin in the second half. Things just keep getting worse for the Knickerbockers.