Kevin Garnett connected on 7-of-9 from the field to total for 24 points, leading his Boston Celtics to rally back for their 50th regular season win over the New York Knicks Monday at Madison Square Garden. The game featured playoff-like physical play through 48 minutes with the Knicks controlling the tempo in the first half before the veteran Boston lineup took over down the stretch. The Celtics were down by as much as 15 points but worked to bring the score back to even by the fourth block, netting the final 10 points of the contest to showcase a double-digit margin in the end.
Rajon Rondo picked apart the Knicks defense all night, racking up 13 points while dishing out 12 assists. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen followed up with 21 and 15, respectively. Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire combined for 38 points without hitting a single field goal in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve been in every game that you can imagine, big games, so you know we don’t really get rattled,” said Pierce after the game. “We know how to respond when the games get testy and physical and sometimes we keep our poise, sometimes we don’t, but tonight we did.” The C’s are next set to host the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats in Boston this Wednesday and Friday. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!