Luck of the Irish, Garnett sinks KnicksNovember 22, 2009
Paul Pierce scored a season-high 33 points, and had all of Boston’s points in overtime until the final shot. Two Knicks followed Pierce on the final play, leaving Garnett wide open from the top of the key for his 19-footer.Garnett and Ray Allen had miserable shooting nights, but Rajon Rondo finished with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as Boston won for the second time in five games.
Reserve Al Harrington scored 30 points and David Lee had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who had won their previous two games.The Celtics opened a big lead and blew all of it in a seesaw third quarter, then rallied to force overtime and improve to 17-4 against the Knicks since the 2004-05 season.Pierce opened overtime with a 3-pointer and his jumper made it a four-point game, but Lee’s dunk tied it again with 9.3 seconds left, setting up Garnett’s winning shot.
The Celtics, whom coach Doc Rivers said had been playing “awful” recently, needed a big afternoon from Pierce while his remaining Big Three teammates struggled. Garnett was 4 of 15 for 10 points, while Allen was 3 of 13 for his 13 points.Both made big shots late in regulation, though, and Kendrick Perkins chipped in with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Nate Robinson rebounded from a poor decision Saturday with a strong game Sunday, scoring 19 points off the bench. The Knicks fell to 3-10 in the opener of consecutive games against the last two NBA champions. They start a three-game trip Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.