Thursday, November 1, 2012

2nd Round - Celtics/Knicks - Game 1

Richard Jefferson had a brisk first quarter, but fizzled throughout the game. The Celtics looked downright sluggish all night, and Kevin Garnett, burdened by foul trouble, never made an impact, scoring a measly 4 points and 2 rebounds. Roy Hibbert played in his stead, but couldn't stop the monster known as Amar'e Stoudemire.

STAT had 33 points and 16 rebounds, hitting incredible shots in the paint practically at will, including a flattening 6th foul for Kevin Garnett at the start of the final quarter. Carmelo Anthony, despite being pressured early on by Shane Battier, was not far behind his teammate, scoring 28 points and making clutch free throws in the final nail-biting minute that sealed Game 1 for New York.

The Knicks blitzed out to an 8-0 run toward the end of the 3rd quarter, chilling the fans in Boston, but the Celtics strangely fought back, scoring 8 of their own, as a three pointer by Paul Pierce rattled in at the buzzer, with both teams deadlocked at 88.

Despite the high score, the Celtics played in slow motion all night and each one of them shot poorly, or not well enough to battle New York's onslaught. It was a gritty affair indeed and ties were the most common thing all night.

After calling a timeout, Jordan Farmar missed a 3 that would've tied the lackadaisical contest and Paul Pierce did the same to concede a disappointing start to this series. Boston fell 117-112, despite good play by Rajon Rondo & Michael Beasley. They'll have to look alive in Game 2, or Spike Lee will excitedly start rubbing his chin about a sweep by the Knicks.

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