Paul Pierce and Ray Allen took center stage at Madison Square Garden, scoring 38 points and 32 points respectively as the Boston Celtics clobbered the New York Knicks, 113-96, in Game 3 on Friday night in New York City.
Boston took a commanding 3-0 series lead with the victory, and will attempt to finish out the sweep on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Rajon Rondo finished with a triple double, amassing 15 points, 20 assists and 11 rebounds for Boston, which shot 50.6 percent from the field. Kevin Garnett had nine points and 12 rebounds and Jeff Green scored nine points off the bench for Boston.
Shawne Williams paced the Knicks with a team-high 17 points. Carmelo Anthony had 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Toney Douglas added 15 points for New York, which was held to 43.4 percent shooting in the loss.
Jared Jeffries paced the Knicks bench with 12 points, Roger Mason added 10 points and former Celtic Bill Walker added nine points for New York.
Amar’e Stoudemire, who was questionable prior to the game, finished with seven points and three rebounds in 33 minutes for the Knicks.