LeBron James and Kobe Bryant had to wait. Paul Pierce ensured free Knicks vs. Celtics basketball on Sunday afternoon, scoring Boston's last seven points in regulation, including a contested three-pointer with 4.9 seconds left that tied the game at 103.
In overtime, Rajon Rondo took control of the Celtics and the game, and finished with a freaking absurd line: 18 points, 20 assists, 17 rebounds. How rare is that?
Found only one game (going back to '86-87) w/ 20 ast. & 15 reb: Fat Lever: 31 pts, 16 reb & 20 ast on 1/7/88.— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) March 4, 2012
(Ed. Note: So, yeah. Trade that guy, Boston. Makes sense.)
Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony, quiet much of the game, came up big at the end of regulation for New York. Lin scored five points in 27 seconds to cut Boston's lead to one with 2:07 left. He finished with 14 points, but six turnovers.
But Rondo and the Celtics were too much at home in overtime. Mostly, because Rondo did stuff like this:
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