By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
The Boston Celtics have won 13 straight games at the TD Garden.
After a porous 3 quarters, Brad Stevens’ crew came alive in the final four minutes when down by 8 points. Boston only allowed New York to hit two baskets in the final four minutes as they proceeded to drop 13 points and get the 105-104 win.
Avery Brady leaked past the Knicks defense scoring the go-ahead basket with 17 seconds left. Jae Crowder then fouled (Boston had one to give) Carmelo Anthony with 3 seconds left and Marcus Smart prevented the last ditch effort shot by Melo as time expired.
The reason for the Celtics win largely lands on the shoulders of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Evan Turner off the bench. Thomas had a game high 32 points to go with 8 assists. Jae Crowder had 20 points and 8 assists while D-ing up Melo. He was also on the receiving end of a few beautiful outlet passes by Jared Sullinger
Off the bench Evan Turner was fantastic scoring 21 points. He kept the C’s in it in the first half and was the only Celtic playing well while the team was struggling.
- The Celtics had a staggering 30 fast break points, but by watching the game it wasn’t too surprising.
- New York had just 17 bench points while Boston’s bench chipped in a combined 35 points.
- Part of the C’s struggles in the first half came beyond the arc. Boston shot just 2 of 13 from deep while New York hit 6 of their 11 3-point attempts in the opening half. And those 2 shots came from Isaiah Thomas. The rest of the Celtics roster couldn’t find water while in the middle of the ocean.
- As good as Jae Crowder was offensively, he did struggle against Anthony defensively. Melo finished with 30 points and was seemingly hitting everything from all over the court.
This was the first game of a back-to-back for the green and their next opponent is the top team in the Eastern Conference -the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston will travel to “The Land” (what a stupid nickname) and tip-off will be at 7:00pm.