Sunday, November 4, 2012

2nd Round - Celtics/Knicks - Game 5

Fatigue was a factor for both teams as Game 5 of this contentious series tipped off in the TD Garden.

A sloppy game that included 31 total turnovers, the New York Knicks had little going for them, having just lost both games on their home court, forcing themselves to win 3 straight against a tough Boston squad. They shot just 34% which stuck NY in an early hole.

Boston didn't do much better with 44%, but it was enough to close out this series. Their defense held NY to just 83 points with 15 blocks overall. Paul Pierce cooled off for half of his count in Game 4, scoring 18. Michael Beasley had 15 points & 10 rebounds, Richard Jefferson had 12 & 6, while Rip Hamilton & Eddie House combined for 22. The big men, KG & Roy Hibbert, also combined for 20 points and 11 rebounds. Rajon Rondo dished out 5 assists, but scored just 4 points.

Bowing out with an 83-95 defeat, the New York Knicks were led with 40 from Melo & Stoudemire. Raymond Felton had 16 but once again struggled to shoot wisely on 5-21 shooting. But Jason Kidd shot the worst, failing to be the x-factor, as he made only 3 of 15 shots. Baron Davis was scoreless on 4 shot attempts and not even Michael Redd could make a layup inside.

Paul Pierce knocked down a 3 in the final minute, ending NY's feeble attempt to steal the game after cutting Boston's lead to 7. The green and white confetti fell shortly thereafter, and Boston's consistent hunger to win should ensure that it will rain down in the garden once again against Miami.

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