NBA Game Summary - New York at Boston
(Sunday, December 21st)
Final Score: Boston 124, New York 105
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Rajon Rondo scored 26 points and doled out five assists, as the Celtics tied a franchise record with their 18th consecutive victory, a 124-105 rout of the Knicks.
The C's 18-game winning streak is the longest since Houston's 22-game run last season. The win also helped Boston match the best 28-game start in NBA history, equaling the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers and the 1969-70 Knicks, both of which started 26-2 en route to NBA championships.
Ray Allen and Paul Pierce scored 18 and 17, respectively, for the Celtics, who will attempt to set the franchise record for consecutive wins on Tuesday against the 76ers. Kendrick Perkins had 12 points and 12 boards in the win.
Quentin Richardson poured in a game-high 29 points for the Knicks, who have dropped four straight. Nate Robinson added 23 points and Chris Duhon 20 and 10 helpers in defeat.
The Celtics jumped out to a 40-21 lead after the first stanza but the Knicks cut it to 66-58 at the half.
"We were able to come back and score 37 points in the second quarter," said Lee. "The team never quit."
Threes from Richardson and Al Harrington, followed by a layup from Tim Thomas brought the Knicks within 89-83 late in the third.
However, the Celtics kept pushing and went into the fourth ahead 98-87.
Two Allen baskets, a Brian Scalabrine three and two Leon Powe layups gave the home team a 109-89 lead with 8:37 left in the game.
A David Lee layup brought New York within 113-101 with about 4 1/2 minutes left, but Boston pulled away late to seal the victory.
"It's all good and well," Pierce said of the win streak. "The key is for us to play better and we're going to continue to say that regardless of whether we're winning or losing."
Celtics forward Glen Davis was in a car accident on his way to the game and is currently at Brigham and Women's Hospital, according to a report in the Boston Globe...Boston shot 65.8 percent from the field, New York was 43.4 percent from the floor...The Celts outrebounded the Knicks, 47-23...The defending NBA champions improved to a gaudy 16-1 at home...The Celtics defeated the Knicks, who are just 4-11 as the visitor this season, earlier this season in Beantown and has won eight straight overall against the Knicks.
12/21 22:58:20 ET