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Boston Celtics Top New York Knicks 91-89: A Fan’s Reaction
As a Boston Celtics fan, and a fan of all Boston sports, nothing is ever as sweet as a victory over New York.
On Friday, February 3 the Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks by the score of 91-89. With the win, Boston improves to 12-10 on the season while New York drops to 8-15. For Boston, it appears their season is turning around from their slow start. For New York, it appears they are not as good of a team as they think they are.
Coming into the game, Rajon Rondo was expected back in the lineup after missing eight games with a sprained right wrist. The Celtics, however, performed quite well in his absence. Granted, I would take Rondo on the court over Avery Bradley or E'Twaun Moore, but they were able to hold their own and prove they could be a competitive team in the absence of their star point guard.
Paul Pierce led the charge for the Celtics scoring 30 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Kevin Garnett added 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, while Ray Allen contributed 14 points, five rebounds, and a pair of assists to round out the "Big 3's" performance.
Rondo added seven points, five rebounds, and seven assists in his return while Brandon Bass led the reserves with eight points, four rebounds, and three assists off the bench.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in their losing effort scoring 26 points with three rebounds and six assists while Tyson Chandler added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Amar'e Stoudemire contributed 16 points, 11 rebounds and two assists.
While Rondo did not necessarily shine in his return, his average of 15.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 9.4 assists per game are definitely a welcome addition to the lineup. Love him or hate him, he is one of the top performers on the team despite his struggles at the free-throw line.
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