They were oh so close. Of course, they usually are.
Once again, the Knicks put up a solid effort, scoring 39 more points than last night's defeat to nearly beat the Celtics on the road. However, missed shots from recently traded House cost the Knicks big down in the final minutes; New York couldn't find their way to claw fully back after being down by single digits all of the second half. The final score was 110-106.
What was a high-scoring game came down to a defensive battle in the fourth, as the Celtics had a 16-15 advantage in the final period. David Lee had the touch with 28 points and 15 rebounds. T-Mac was silent with his scoring, but added eight assists to his six points. Wilson Chandler had 19, and Sergio Rodriguez had his best game as a Knick with 18 points.
However, the Celtics were more balanced; all their starters scored in double figures. Ray Allen led the squad with 24. Rajon Rondo had 16 assists.
Though the Celtics had to work without Paul Pierce, the Knicks were still crushed in the final moments for the second time against the Celtics. The previous time came on a buzzer-beater at the Garden from Kevin Garnett.
The Knicks, who had looked so promising in December, now find themselves falling apart with eight straight losses. They haven't won since Feb. 3. They next play the Wizards, against whom they had their last victory, on Friday at 7 PM EST at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.