Paul Pierce hit the go-ahead jumper with almost no time to spare in regulation as part of his 32 point performance for the Boston Celtics to win over the New York Knicks 118-116 last night at Madison Square Garden. Amare Stoudemire scored 39 for the new look Knicks and gave the C’s a scare with the final three-point attempt that was ultimately beat by the buzzer. Most of the crowd was on their feet through the majority of the fourth quarter, only for Boston to play spoiler in the process of earning their 11th consecutive victory.
“I love these type of environments,” said Pierce after the game. “It’s rare when you get these type of environments in the regular season. There’s only so many games you circle on the schedule, where you say, ‘Hey, this is going to be a playoff-type atmosphere, a playoff-type game.’ The guys on this team know what they are and this was definitely one of them. We love these games.”
Kevin Garnett, Semih Erden and Glen Davis split the workload inside, producing a collective 37 points as Shaquille O’Neal rested his injured right calf. Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo with 10 points and 11 assists. Ray Allen shot 4-of-5 from long range to rack up 26 points. The Celtics are scheduled to host the Atlanta Hawks tonight before welcoming in the Indiana Pacers Sunday, December 19th.
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The New York Knicks are making progress in their efforts to trade for All-Star small forward Carmelo Anthony. The seven-year veteran is currently signed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets that will expire after the 2010-2011 regular season. According to multiple sources, Anthony has made clear to the Nuggets front office that he won’t have any part in signing the three-year, $65 million contract extension they offered back in June. Following the collapse of a four-team trade that would send Melo to the New Jersey Nets, the Knicks are officially back in the bidding war. Their previous offers have revolved around packages that include Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and a first round draft pick from a third team.
The Chicago Bulls are also present in the discussion for Anthony despite just recently re-signing starting forward Joakim Noah. The Knicks were previously hoping to cash in on LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwayne Wade. Carmelo would certainly complete the playoff picture for New York knowing he’d be alongside Amare Stoudemire, who netted 39 points in yesterday’s victory over the Nets. Anthony averaged 28.2 points per game last season with the Nuggets.
Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce lobbied to stay in the game before hitting the game winning jumper with eight seconds remaining for his team to claim victory in yesterday’s preseason contest over the New York Knicks 104-101 at Madison Square Garden. Pierce contributed 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes on his 33rd birthday. Known to many as “The Truth,” Pierce seemed calm and collected as he casually wrapped up the game in light of his other plans. “I got an 11 o’clock reservation I had to make,” he said. “I didn’t want to stay any longer than I had to, you know what I’m saying? It’s my birthday.”
Ray Allen led in scoring with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Rajon Rondo put together a stat line with 12 points, seven assists and six steals. Luke Harangody was productive off the bench, netting 16 points with 12 rebounds during his 22 minutes on the floor. “I think he thought he was in the Big East tournament,” said Rivers of the former Notre Dame stand-out. The C’s are scheduled for one more preseason game against the New Jersey Nets before they open their regular season campaign against the Miami Heat at home. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
The New York Knicks will kick off their regular season on the road Wednesday, October 27th against the Toronto Raptors before traveling to the TD Garden to face the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics Friday, October 29th. Newly acquired power forward Amare Stoudemire will then showcase his talents for the first time in front of his new home crowd the following day against the Portland Trailblazers. November 2nd will feature the Knicks playing host to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.
LeBron James and the revamped Miami Heat will make their way downtown Friday, December 17th and again on Thursday, January 27th. Carmelo Anthony, New York’s primary free agent target in 2011, will pay visit to the MSG on Sunday, December 12th. The Knicks are to be featured Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls as part of the NBA’s five-game holiday lineup.
The Knicks have put themselves in a legitimate position to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Stoudemire will lead the charge with the help of new editions Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf. Point guard Raymond Felton was also signed to a two year contract this summer. Check here for the complete 2010-2011 New York Knicks regular season schedule.
Danilo Gallinari took charge for his squad, scoring 17 of his 28 total points in the third quarter as the the New York Knicks went on to defeat the Denver Nuggets 109-104 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks netted 34 points collectively during the block and held the lead from there. Despite Carmelo Anthony’s 36 points for the Nuggets, it was Gallinari who eventually prevailed for New York to earn their 26th win of the season.
“You can see him clicking, taking the challenge,” said Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. “Now the challenge for him will be, he needs to be clicking every night and that’s not who’s in front of him. That’s a little bit of, if he wants to go to that next level, then the game’s got to be the challenge. It can’t be, ‘OK, I got Carmelo or Kobe or whoever.’”
The 47-24 Nuggets have now lost two straight heading into tonight’s contest against the Boston Celtics. They are set to matchup with a handful of tough teams that includes Orlando, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Phoenix. The Knicks are next scheduled to hit the road to face the Suns on Friday before arriving in Utah to challenge the Jazz on Monday.
LeBron James finally spoke out to the press in regards to his upcoming free agency this summer. Despite avoiding all major details, he at least gave somewhat of an indication to how he’s approaching the matter. “At the end of the day, it is still a business,” said James. “This isn’t high school basketball anymore. You have to do what is best for your family and what is best for yourself. I’ve always said I love being in Cleveland. But for me as a basketball player, no matter what happens, I love to play the game. I play it with a joy and I love my teammates.”
The 25-year old phenom just recently became the youngest player to reach 15,000 points. Teams in the discussion to make offers during the off-season include Cleveland, New York, New Jersey and Chicago. The Knicks just reached a milestone in light of anticipation, already reaching 1,800 new season ticket orders for next year.
The 56-15 Cavaliers have now won eight straight heading into Wednesday’s contest against the New Orleans Hornets. Monday marks the first day the organization can speak to Zyrunas Ilgauskas about re-signing with the team. James was happy to address Big Z’s return, saying “He’s a good friend of mine and he’s a great teammate. Z’s a veteran his play will automatically guarantee him minutes because of how good he is, how tall he is and his shooting ability.”
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett earned Co-MVP rights with 29 and 22 points, leading the Celtics to crush the New York Knicks 109-97 as part of Boston’s St Patrick’s Day festivities at the TD Garden. The Celts took advantage early with 35 points to New York’s 19 by the end of the first quarter. After claiming victory in their last three contests at the home, Boston will look to continue their production on the road this weekend against the Rockets and Mavericks.
“You’ve definitely got to take care of the games at home just to get the momentum,” said Garnett. “Now we just have to go on the road, play the same way we’ve been playing -sharing the ball, playing defense with a lot of energy and playing through for 48 minutes.” The Celtics are still in command and on top of the Atlantic Division. They are just four games behind the Orlando Magic, who currently hold the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Atlanta’s Al Horford provided the final attempt one second too late, allowing the New York Knicks to claim victory for the third consecutive time over the Hawks last night at Madison Square Garden. Wilson Chandler provided a huge block for the Knicks with 1.7 seconds to go before Horford came up with the rebound, only for the horn to sound and keep the score at 99-98 in favor of New York. Danilo Gallinari led the Knicks with 27 points as David Lee controlled the inside with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
“He was the star of the game. He did an unbelievable job for us. He did a great job forcing Joe (Johnson) into tough shots,” said Lee of Gallinari. “Sometimes they went, but he did a good job of forcing him into them. Gallo played well on both ends for us.”
Johnson ended the night with 22 points and five assists. Josh Smith scored 25 for the Hawks with a side of 10 boards. Atlanta will continue their road trip to DC to face the Washington Wizards tomorrow before returning to Phillips Arena to prepare for the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. The Knicks are scheduled to start their five-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs tonight at 8:30 PM.
The New York Knicks featured six players in double digits to cruise by the Detroit Pistons 128-104 yesterday at the Madison Square Garden. Al Harrington led the campaign with 26 points and eight rebounds. Former Celtics reserve Bill Walker shot 9-for-13 to produce a career high 22 points for his new squad. Tracy McGrady and David Lee supplied 15 apiece as Eddie House came off the bench for 17.
The 21-39 record posted this season doesn’t sit well with the young, talented Knicks roster. Walker and House since being traded in February have collectively stepped up for the struggling organization. “That’s just natural ability,” said Walker. “I always thought I could play on this type of level. It just took a while for me to get the opportunity.”
The Pistons have lost their last five contests looking ahead to their next road challenge against the top seeded Cavaliers tomorrow night. New York is next scheduled to face the Toronto Raptors Friday before hosting the New Jersey Nets the following day.
Celtics veteran Ray Allen came up with a crucial block in the final minute to solidify the 110-106 victory over the New York Knicks last night at the TD Garden. Allen netted 9-of-14 to earn 24 points on the night, but it was his work on defense that really shocked fellow players and coaches alike. “That was unexpected,” said a humored Doc Rivers following the contest, “but that was great.”
Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo with 15 points, 16 assists and three steals. Nate Robinson hit two shots in his debut as a Celtic against his former team. “It felt like I was at practice, just with real jerseys on and everything,” said Robinson. “I’m home now and this is where the new beginning starts.”
The Knicks were out to redeem themselves yesterday after posting just 67 points in their last game against the Milwaukee Bucks. They’re now preparing to face the Washington Wizards on Friday before returning to the Madison Square Garden to host the Memphis Grizzlies. The C’s are set to welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night at 8:00 PM. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!