New York, NY (Sports Network) - No Rajon Rondo, no problem this time for the
Playing without their suspended All-Star point guard, the defending Atlantic
Division champions received big efforts from their other established players
to come through with a much-needed 102-96 victory over the rival New York
Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Paul Pierce amassed 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting and Kevin Garnett added 19
points with 10 rebounds as Boston matched a season-high with its third
Taking over ball-handling duties with Rondo forced to sit out after making
contact with an official during Saturday's win at Atlanta, Avery Bradley
delivered 13 points and five assists for the Celtics, who also got a lift from
Jeff Green's 16 points off the bench.
Boston also shined on the defensive end, limiting the Knicks to a 40.8 percent
success rate from the floor. Carmelo Anthony managed 20 points for New York,
but made good on just 6-of-26 field goal attempts.
J.R. Smith finished with 24 points and Tyson Chandler had 13 along with 17
rebounds in the loss, which halted the Atlantic-leading Knicks' two-game win
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