Paul Pierce hit the go-ahead jumper with almost no time to spare in regulation as part of his 32 point performance for the Boston Celtics to win over the New York Knicks 118-116 last night at Madison Square Garden. Amare Stoudemire scored 39 for the new look Knicks and gave the C’s a scare with the final three-point attempt that was ultimately beat by the buzzer. Most of the crowd was on their feet through the majority of the fourth quarter, only for Boston to play spoiler in the process of earning their 11th consecutive victory.
“I love these type of environments,” said Pierce after the game. “It’s rare when you get these type of environments in the regular season. There’s only so many games you circle on the schedule, where you say, ‘Hey, this is going to be a playoff-type atmosphere, a playoff-type game.’ The guys on this team know what they are and this was definitely one of them. We love these games.”
Kevin Garnett, Semih Erden and Glen Davis split the workload inside, producing a collective 37 points as Shaquille O’Neal rested his injured right calf. Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo with 10 points and 11 assists. Ray Allen shot 4-of-5 from long range to rack up 26 points. The Celtics are scheduled to host the Atlanta Hawks tonight before welcoming in the Indiana Pacers Sunday, December 19th.
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