NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives for a shot attempt against Jared Jeffries #9 of the New York Knicks in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 22, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Celtics Vs. Knicks, Game 3: Rajon Rondo, Boston Cruise Past New York, 113-96

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Celtics Vs. Knicks, Final Score: Rajon Rondo's Triple Double Helps Give Boston 3-0 Series Lead

On Friday night, the offensive firepower of the Boston Celtics was just too formidable for the New York Knicks to handle. Rajon Rondo notched a triple-double, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen broke the 30-point barrier, and the Celtics cruised past the Knicks in Game 3 of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, 113-96.

Rondo dished out a remarkable 20 assists while adding 15 points and 11 rebounds to secure his triple-double. Many of those feeds came to Ray Allen, who knocked down eight of 11 three-point attempts to score 32 points. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 38 points, knocking down 14 of 19 shots. Combined, Allen and Pierce were 14-for-19 from beyond the arc, as they kept finding open looks against a hapless Knick defense.

After a poor third quarter, the Knicks showed some life in the fourth, but New York simply couldn't overcome poor performances from its two biggest stars, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. Anthony could only knock down four of 16 shots from the field, though he did add 11 rebounds and six assists. Stoudemire's night was more dismal; in his return from injury, he scored only seven points of 2-for-8 shooting, while only pulling down three rebounds.

Facing an 0-3 hole, the Knicks' prospects aren't looking bright. Game 4 will tip off in New York at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. The winner will move on to face the winner of the Heat-Sixers series, which the Heat currently lead three games to none.

For more on these teams, check out SB Nation's Knicks blog, Posting and Toasting, and our Celtics blog, the appropriately-named CelticsBlog.

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Celtics Vs. Knicks Score: Paul Pierce, Ray Allen Give Boston 52-44 Halftime Lead

On Friday night, the Celtics' Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have found their shots. Halfway through Boston's Game 3 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs, they lead the Knicks by a 52-44 score.

After scoring 14 points in the first quarter, Pierce hung back in the second, and heads into halftime with 17. Ray Allen has drained four of six three-point attempts to score 16 points in the first half. In total, the Celtics are shooting 42.5 percent from the field. More importantly, they're dominating the rebound battle, having taken down 22 as compared to the Knicks' 13.

For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony is off to a somewhat slow start. While he does have 12 points at halftime, he's only 4-for-12 from the field, and he's committed four turnovers. Amar'e Stoudemire, in his return to action, is only 1-for-5 with three points. More critically, he's been held to only a single rebound.

Follow along with this StoryStream for updates. And for more on these teams, check out SB Nation's Knicks blog, Posting and Toasting, and our Celtics blog, the appropriately-named CelticsBlog.

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