BOSTON - Paul Pierce led a big second-half rally and Ray Allen chipped in with a couple of timely baskets as the Boston Celtics came back to top the New York Knicks, 91-89, on Friday night at TD Garden.
Pierce finished with 30 points, 15 of which he scored in the second half, and Allen had 14 points. Kevin Garnett fueled the C's in the first half, scoring 13. He finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for Boston (12-10), which made 31-of-76 field goals to shoot 41 percent.
Carmelo Anthony was impressive as always, leading the Knicks (8-15) with his 26 points. Tyson Chandler made his presence felt in the paint and finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Amar'e Stoudemire totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds. New York shot 43 percent.
Boston and New York now have one win against each other this season. The Celtics remain home and will host the Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon.