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               === Celtics use fast start to blow past Knicks ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The  New York Knicks may want to consider
 boycotting future Sunday noon tip-offs.
 
 Jordan  Crawford  led six Boston players  in double figures with 23 points and
 the Celtics pounded the Knicks, 114-73, at Madison Square Garden.
 
 Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and Brandon Bass and Jeff Green both supplied
 16  points for Boston, which got off to a quick start and cruised to its third
 straight  win.  Avery Bradley  added  a  double-double  of  13 points  and  10
 rebounds.
 
 "They  know  I'm not going  to do cartwheels. They  know me better than that,"
 Celtics  head  coach Brad Stevens said  about not overreacting to the lopsided
 win.
 
 Carmelo  Anthony had  19 points  to  pace the  Knicks,  who were  undone by  a
 horrific first quarter in which they were outscored 34-11.
 
 "I  wish I could explain it. Didn't see that coming," said New York head coach
 Mike Woodson.
 
 New  York, which had  won two straight on the heels of a nine-game slide, were
 sluggish  in a 120-89 beatdown by visiting San Antonio on November 10, another
 Sunday contest that started at noon.
 
 The  Knicks' shooting  matched the cold temperatures outside as they made only
 34.2  percent  from the  field. The numbers  were even more  frigid in a first
 quarter to forget.
 
 Boston  opened the game on a 12-0 run and were up 18-1 after a Sullinger trey.
 New  York didn't register its first field goal until an Anthony dunk with 5:45
 remaining.
 
 The Knicks shot 22.2 percent in the frame, and the deficit only got larger.
 
 Boston  was up  58-31 at  halftime and  led by  as many  as 45  in the  fourth
 quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  teams  met for the  first time  since the Knicks  beat the Celtics in six
 games last season in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals ... Courtney Lee had
 10  points for  Boston ...  Bass posted  eight rebounds  and three  steals ...
 Crawford had seven assists ... Amare Stoudemire scored 17 points for New York.
 
 12/08 15:26:00 ET