Celtics 115, Knicks 111 (OT): Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo Lead Boston In Thriller

Jeremy who? It was all about Paul Pierce (34 points) and Rajon Rondo (18 points, 17 rebounds, 20 assists), whose triple-double helped propel the Boston Celtics past the New York Knicks, 115-111 in overtime at the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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VIDEO: Paul Pierce Hits A Three-Pointer To Force OT Vs. Knicks, Rajon Rondo Notches 20 Assists

The Boston Celtics' 115-111 win over the New York Knicks in overtime on Sunday at the TD Garden was fueled by outstanding performances from Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. Pierce had a game-high 34 points. Pierce was 4-7 from behind the arc in the game, none of his three-point makes were bigger than the one which sent the game to overtime.


Rondo finished the game with a triple-double of 18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists. After Pierce hit the three-pointer to force overtime, Rondo didn't slow down in the overtime period and picked up his 20th assist on the following play.


The win was the fourth in a row for the Celtics which are now 19-17 on the season. Rondo's triple-double was his fourth of the season and the 17th of his NBA career (11 regular season triple-doubles).

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Celtics 115, Knicks 111 (OT): Paul Pierce, C's Win Overtime Thriller

BOSTON - Paul Pierce (34 points, seven rebounds) and Rajon Rondo (18 points, 20 assists, 17 rebounds) fueled the Boston Celtics for the second straight game, leading the C's past Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks, 115-111, in overtime on Sunday afternoon.

"It's big," Pierce said afterwards. "Especially you know we've got these home games, we've got to start playing better at home, and we have a huge road trip coming up so we have to take advantage of these home games right now before we go on this two week road trip."

Rondo's triple-double was his fourth of the season and 17th of his career (11 in regular season). It was the first triple-double in the NBA with at least 17 in each category (points, assists, rebounds) since Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers did so with 24 points, 17 assists and 17 rebounds on April 18, 1989. In addition, it was the first time a player has had a triple-double with at least 18 points, at least 17 rebounds and at least 20 assists since Wilt Chamberlain had 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists on February 2, 1968.

"It was a big win for us," Rondo said. "I think we were tied at the eighth seed, or seventh seed, but we tried to get a little separation tonight with a good win against a good team."

"You know he really stepped up," Pierce said about Rondo. "That's the Rondo we like to see, playing with all that energy, he got guys the ball in the open shots. He did everything for us tonight. He rebounded, he passed, he got the clutch rebound there in overtime and got the layup. That's the Rondo I like to see."

Jeremy Lin, of course, was the main attraction for a packed Garden crowd, but he struggled through the first three quarters, scoring only six points while picking up three fouls. Lin picked up his play in the fourth and finished with 14 points and five assists.

"The difference I think today, I was a little more comfortable but still not where I want to get to," said Lin. "Obviously Boston is a very good defensive team and hopefully as I play them a couple more times I'll get comfortable."

"The thing about Jeremy is that he's going to make some mistakes, he's got a learning curve" said Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni. "There's no way you can throw him in here first time he ever does it and expect it to be perfect, but he finds a way to be very positive in the end of games, hit the big three and a couple of other shots. It was good and he's going to be good. Just a matter of going through some learning experiences, but I thought overall he's good."

Pierce helped the Celtics get off to another fast start, scoring 10 in the opening quarter. New York scored the first five points, but Boston answered with a 12-0 run and stretched its lead to 21-12 after a three from Mickael Pietrus (five points).

The Knicks closed the gap to two points, 29-27, at the end of the first and used an 8-0 run early in the second to capture a 48-38 advantage. Another run from the Celtics brought the game within five, 56-51, at the intermission.

Pierce, who was held scoreless in the second period, went off for 15 points in the third to help Boston capture an 80-65 advantage late in the third, but the Knicks' scored the last seven in the quarter to make it an 80-62 game heading into the fourth.

Once again, Pierce was held scoreless for most of the final quarter, not scoring until the midway point.

Lin helped lead the Knicks back, scoring six in the fourth and trimming the Celtics lead to 96-95 after a corner three with 2:07 to play.

Carmelo Anthony and Pierce traded clutch hoops in the final minute, with a Melo driving layup past Pierce to put New York up 101-100 with 35.4 seconds left.

Pierce missed the potential go-ahead fading jumper with 20 seconds to go, and New York grabbed the rebound. The captain would redeem himself, though, nailing a leaning three with 4.9 ticks left to tie the game at 103. Anthony missed a jumper as tied expired, forcing overtime.

"It felt really good," Pierce said about the three. "But every shot I take I feel good about."

Both teams traded quick buckets to start the extra period, but Ray Allen made a clutch three and a layup on a pass from Rondo, his 20th assist, to put Boston on top, 110-105, with 3:13 remaining.

Rondo's all-around play helped the Celtics outlast the Knicks in the final minutes, as a Rondo free throw with roughly 10 ticks left (plus two Brandon Bass free throws) put Boston up 115-109.

Allen scored 12 in his return and Bass, who started again in place of an injured Jermaine O'Neal, finished with 18 points, 12 of which he scored in the first half. Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

"I just thought we came out and got in a really nice rhythm, [then] they made a run" said Garnett. "For the most part of the second half, I thought we did well. I thought Paul played really, really well throughout the game."

Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points and Amar'e Stoudemire scored 16 and had 13 boards. Iman Shumpert and Steve Novak each scored 14 off the bench for New York.

"Give them credit," said D'Antoni. "Give Paul Pierce credit for hitting that big shot of the game, the last one. With our chances to win we just didn't quite do it. We were a little bit up and down with our energy which we've got to correct. Overall I thought we played pretty well, just too many turnovers and just didn't finish it up."

Boston will have Monday off before resuming play on Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets inside TD Garden in their second-to-last home game before their West coast swing.


Final - 3.4.2012 1 2 3 4 OT 1 Total
New York Knicks 29 27 16 31 8 111
Boston Celtics 27 24 29 23 12 115

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Celtics Vs. Knicks Score Update: Carmelo Anthony, New York Lead Boston 56-51 At Haltime

Camerlo Anthony has 12 points while Amare Stoudemire has 10 as the New York Knicks lead the Boston Celtics, 56-51, at halftime at the TD Garden in Boston.

The Knicks have been outshooting the usually sharp shooting Celtics 56.4% to 41.4% from the field. New York is also shooting well from beyond the arc with an even 50% three point field goal percentage. The C's have been shooting a woeful 33.3% from three point land.

Despite the overwhelming shooting advantage for New York, the Celtics are still hanging around in this one. Brandon Bass is the high point man for the C's with 12 points from the floor. Bass has been filling in for Jermaine O'Neal, who was forced to miss yet another game with injury.

Paul Pierce has 10 points from the floor and has one of two three pointers made by the Celtics. Kevin Garnett checks in with eight points while Ray Allen has a lone three points. Rajon Rondo appears to be on his way to another triple-double, as he has nine points, eight assists and four rebounds at the break.

One thing the Celtics are doing right is containing Jeremy Lin. The Knicks point guard only has two points and has a game high four turnovers. The Celtics will have to continue what they are doing and make sure that Linsanity doesn't take over this game. Another thing that they will have to do is get Ray Allen going from three point land. He's taken one shot from long range, and could not connect.



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Celtics Vs. Knicks: Sasha Pavolvic On Jeremy Lin: 'Amazing Story'

BOSTON - Pretty much everybody who has followed the sport of basketball this season has heard of Jeremy Lin. It's even possible that most Americans have heard of Lin, too, and not just sports fans. In the last month, Lin has become an international sports icon for his completely unexpected stardom with the New York Knicks.

As Linsanity comes to Boston again (but really for the first time), we can only prepare for what should be a wild wild afternoon on Sunday at TD Garden. Celtics reserve Sasha Pavlovic, for one, thinks the Linsanity is rather impressive.

"I just think it's an amazing story," Pavlovic said before the Celtics' game against the New Jersey Nets on Friday night. "I've always liked underdogs and I'm happy for him."

Pavlovic likely won't get much playing time with Ray Allen healthy and back in the Celtics' lineup Sunday. As for the gameplan, its clear that Boston will have to focus on containing Lin, as well as true superstars such as Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.

Get ready, Celtics fans. This is shaping up to be a rather crazy afternoon.



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Celtics Vs. Knicks: Greetings From TD Garden (Jeremy Lin Style)

BOSTON - The air is electric here at TD Garden in anticipation of the return of Jeremy Lin as the New York Knicks make their second and final regular season trek to Boston to take on the Boston Celtics at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday (ABC).

OK, maybe it isn't electric, per se, but people are excited. They should be, because Jeremy Lin has become an international sensation in about one month's time. The funny thing is, Lin's last game played in anonymity came right here in Boston on Feb. 3. In the Knicks' narrow loss to Boston, Lin had only two points in seven minutes off the bench.

My, how things have changed. Immediately after that game, Lin's stock took off with a huge game against the New Jersey Nets. Since then, all he's done is Lin (sorry, I just had to). Now in his second go-around at TD Garden (at least as a member of the Knicks. Remember, he did play his college ball in Harvard), we'll get another look at Lin.

Can the Celtics contain him? That will be the question of the hour, or three hours I suppose, and it's likely the key to winning the game. History is on Boston's side, as the Celtics have won 10 straight against New York here in Boston. As for the season series, the two teams have split two games.

Also, don't discount the Celtics, who have been playing much better basketball recently. The Celts dropped five straight heading into the All-Star break, but have won their first three contests of the second half. Counting them out simply because New York has Lin is silly.

All in all, we should be in for a fun game. Here's hoping the Celtics can pull out a win.



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Celtics Vs. Knicks: Linsanity Invades As Boston Hosts New York

Linsanity returns to Boston on Sunday afternoon as Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks face the Boston Celtics for the third time this season and second at home at 1:00 p.m. EDT at TD Garden in Boston, MA (TV/Radio: ABC/WEEI).

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