Sunday, November 4, 2012

2nd Round - Celtics/Knicks - Game 3

Richard Jefferson was unconscionable tonight scoring 32 points for Boston as the Celtics came into Madison Square Garden and left with a 126-114 victory.

Jefferson made the effort all night to find open shot opportunities and buried clutch shots in the 4th quarter, neutralizing strong play by Carmelo Anthony by comparison. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo came out with a lot of energy, using his quickness to score despite contact, finishing with 18 points and 10 assists on 8-12 shooting, keeping himself in line as he dished the ball to his teammates instead.

Michael Beasley put in 16 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce had 15 and Kevin Garnett (despite stellar shooting) had just 13 points & 6 rebounds. Off the bench, Eddie House nailed 4 long balls, Roy Hibbert had some nice put-back shots for 7 points & 5 boards and struggling guard Caron Butler combined with Rip Hamilton for 13 points.

This was not the return visit to MSG that the Knicks were hoping for. Despite outscoring Boston in fast break and second chance points, NY couldn't win this one, not even with 29 by Carmelo Anthony, 22 & 17 by STAT, 12 by Jason Kidd and 27 by Raymond Felton (on icky 10-29 shots). They kept within reach, seeming to be perpetually down by 10 because Boston was simply more efficient tonight.

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