Kevin Garnett contributed 20 of his team-high 26 points in the second half to lead his Boston Celtics past the New York Knicks 101-89 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. The veteran Celts are currently the only team to clinch a spot in the second round after completing their first post-season sweep since 1992, back when Larry Bird and Co. battled to a 3-0 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Boston will have at least one week to rest before their expected matchup with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The C’s gained a 23-point lead in the third quarter, only to see it diminish to four in the final frame before jumping on KG’s back to solidify the W. “Everybody understood what was at stake. Give a team some confidence, even in a 3-0 series to win a game, you never know what can happen,” said Paul Pierce after his 13-point performance. “So it was just very important for us to withstand the run. They made a great run and the crowd really got behind them, but in the fourth quarter we just really settled down in the last six or seven minutes, executed the offense and were able to put the game out of reach.”
Boston PG Rajon Rondo came through with 21 points and 12 assists. Glen Davis sparked the Celtics bench with 14 points and five rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks offense with 32 points and 9 rebounds. Check back for more Boston Celtics updates right here at Ace!