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Friday, December 13th
(All times Eastern)
New York Knicks (6-15) at Boston Celtics (10-14), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks will try to avenge an embarrassing
loss on Friday night when they travel to TD Bank Garden to meet the Boston
The C's took the train south to Madison Square Garden on Sunday and hammered
the Knicks, 114-73.
"I didn't see this coming," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said after the loss.
"Nobody should be happy about watching something like this today. It's a step
backwards. I thought we turned the corner a bit. I can't have our guys
stepping on the floor doing what they did today."
The setback halted a two-game winning streak and started a two-game slide. The
Knicks ended that on Wednesday with an 83-78 home victory over the Chicago
Bulls, but it was hard-earned to say the least.
The Knicks blew a 23-point lead when a 33-10 Bulls run spanning the third and
fourth quarters tied the game. Amare Stoudemire's jumper and Carmelo Anthony's
free throws stopped the surge and gave New York a four-point lead with 1:29
left. The Bulls let the shot clock run out then turned the ball over on two
possessions in the final minute, allowing Anthony to seal the win at the foul
"We closed it out," Anthony said. "We figured out a way to close the game out.
Everybody did their job defensively, communicating, and we pulled the game
Anthony led the way with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Stoudemire was the only
other Knicks player in double figures with 14.
With Raymond Felton out with a hamstring issue, Iman Shumpert played only 13
minutes Wednesday. He banged knees with Chicago's Mike Dunleavy and sustained
a bruised knee.
The Celtics dropped their second in a row on Wednesday when former head coach
Doc Rivers guided his Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-88 victory. The Boston
faithful gave Rivers a standing ovation early, then once again after a video
tribute played in between the first and second quarters.
"I respect a good coach and I'm appreciative to the opportunity that I have
and I'm appreciative of the time that he spent here," Celtics coach Brad
Stevens said of Rivers. "I don't know him very well, but I admire what he's
accomplished and everyone else was up and I should have been up too."
The C's had a six-point edge at the half, but were outscored 57-43 over the
final 12 minutes.
Jeff Green led all scorers with 29 points, while Jordan Crawford, the reigning
Eastern Conference Player of the Week, finished with 20. Brandon Bass
registered a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Jared Sullinger
managed 10 points.
The Boston bench combined for a paltry four points - two from Gerald Wallace
and two from MarShon Brooks.
The Celtics have taken three of the last four regular-season matchups with the
Knicks. (These two teams met in the first round of last season's playoffs,
although neither team much resembles those postseason squads.)
The Knicks won twice in Boston last season, which snapped an 11-game losing
streak at TD Bank Garden.
12/13 10:33:55 ET