Kevin Garnett Triggers Furious Fourth Quarter Rally, Celtics Snag 96-86 Victory Over Knicks

Kevin Garnett scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, triggering Boston's furious fourth-quarter rally, as the Celtics rolled past stunned New York, 96-86.

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Celtics Vs. Knicks Final Score: Boston Overcomes Early Deficit To Defeat New York, 96-86

The New York Knicks were unable to seal a victory on Monday night, falling to the Boston Celtics, 96-86. The Knicks controlled the first half of the game, holding the Celtics to just 37 points. But Kevin Garnett helped the Celtics to a six-point deficit at the end of the third quarter. Then in the fourth quarter, Paul Pierce found his scoring touch.

Pierce scored 13 of his 21 points in the final quarter, hitting a key three-pointer with just under seven minutes left in the game. The Knicks, up just four points at that point, quickly called a timeout, but it didn't help too much. They scored just four points in the remaining minutes of the game and surrendered 18 points to the Celtics.

Carmelo Anthony had 17 points in the first half, but then only five points in second half. Late in the fourth quarter, Anthony collided mid-air with Rajon Rondo and received an elbow to the face, putting more blood on the court and a delay in the action. Chauncey Billups added 21 points, and Amare Stoudemire added a double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds).

The Celtics overcame poor shooting early on to hit 46.3 percent of their shots, though they were only 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. Garnett finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo contributed 12 points and 11 assists.

Despite the victory, the Celtics remain tied atop the Eastern Conference standings after Chicago won on Monday, too. The Knicks' loss evened their record at 35-35.

For Knicks analysis, check out Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York. For Celtics' talk, head over to CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.

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Celtics Vs. Knicks Score: Kevin Garnett Helps Chip Away At New York's Lead, 69-63

The Boston Celtics started to chip away at the New York Knicks' 14-point lead in the third quarter, narrowing it down to just six points, 69-63. Kevin Garnett took over the Celtics' offense, scoring 10 of his 18 points then. Rajon Rondo added two more points for nine on the night and distributed the ball for six assists.

The Knicks had four scorers in double digits at the end of the quarter, with Ronny Turiaf (11) joining Carmelo Anthony (18), Amare Stoudemire (16) and Chauncey Billups (10). Stoudemire also recorded a double-double when he pulled down his 10th rebound of the night.  Toney Douglas has contributed off the bench with three points and four assists so far.

Ray Allen, who has nine points so far, took a Jared Jeffries elbow to the head late in the quarter and left the court to control the bleeding. He returned to the game shortly before the quarter ended.

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Celtics Vs. Knicks Score: Carmelo Anthony Gives New York 51-37 Lead At Halftime

Building on their three-point lead from the first quarter, the New York Knicks entered halftime with a 14-point lead over the Boston Celtics, 51-37. For roughly the first four-and-one-half minutes of the second quarter, the Knicks held the Celtics scoreless and added seven points to their lead.

After leaving in the first quarter following two fouls, Carmelo Anthony returned in the second quarter and scored 12 points for 17 total at the half. He accomplished that on 7-of-12 shooting, helping the Knicks to a 48.7 shooting percentage at halftime. Amare Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups added 11 points and 10 points, respectively, the former pulling down six rebounds as well. Ronny Turiaf has played well on defense, blocking three shots.

The Celtics are shooting only 35 percent from the field and have no scorer in double digits. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce each have eight points, while Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each added seven points. Their bench has added only four points in two quarters.

The Knicks look much better against the top team in the Eastern Conference than they did yesterday against the sub-.500 Bucks on Sunday.

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Celtics Vs. Knicks Score: Amare Stoudemire's Nine Points Gives New York Early 25-22 Lead Over Celtics

After only scoring nine points in the first quarter of yesterday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks lead the Boston Celtics, 25-22, at the end of the first quarter. Amare Stoudemire led New York with nine points and four rebounds, scoring the last three points to give them the lead. Carmelo Anthony started off with seven points in five minutes, but then exited the game when he got into early foul trouble.

For the Celtics, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce controlled the scoring, each adding six points. Rajon Rondo dished the ball out for three assists and also added four points. Ray Allen scored just two points, making only 1-of-6 shots from the field.

The Knicks held the shooting advantage over the Celtics, 47.6 percent to 43.5. The Celtics missed both of their three-point attempts, while the Knicks put up six shots and sank two. There were only five trips to the line in the first quarter

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Celtics Vs. Knicks: New York Looks To Rebound Against Boston

The Boston Celtics haven't smiled like the Tennessee River lately, losing four of their last seven games and falling into a tie atop the East with the surging Chicago Bulls. But by the standards of the New York Knicks, the C's are very well overcome with glee. The Knicks have gone 7-8 since trading for Carmelo Anthony, and have lost five of six in falling behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 6 seed.

If New York were warmer this time of year, the Knicks would be the Miami Heat circa Thanksgiving. Disappointment is an understatement; fans have gone from championship aspirations to "wait, we can't miss the playoffs, right?" in a few short weeks. As it turns out, Carmelo Anthony isn't a defensive-minded center. Well, he's not a defensive-minded anything. He can play defense, but frequently doesn't, and he's not entirely to blame given that many if not most of the league's most prolific scorers take defensive possessions off by necessity. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant have all done it, albeit not as frequently as 'Melo. Of course, all three are also better than 'Melo offensively, which leads to the possible conclusion that 'Melo's offense isn't quite good enough to justify his lack of consistent defensive intensity.

The same could be said of Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony's running mate. Stoudemire isn't quite the beast he was four years ago, or six years ago. (Five years ago, he was planning an ill-fitted midseason comeback from microfracture surgery. Suffice it to say he's doing better now.) Stoudemire's a great scorer and finisher. Defender? No.

And there's the rub; Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer went deep on the defensive struggles of this team, and it's spot-on. The Celtics have no such problem, nor do the Heat. Boston has that rare combination of defensive ability and moxie that has the C's near the top of the table; the Knicks, frankly, have neither. One or the other will help you get to passable, but there's nothing here until Mike D'Antoni plays his defenders (Shelden Williams, Ronny Turiaf) more frequently or until Stoudemire or Anthony dig deep into their reserves for more defensive juice. Anyone betting on either happening?

The Celtics and Knicks tip off at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 PM Eastern (NBA TV). For Knicks analysis, check out Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York. For Celtics' talk, head over to CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.

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