NBA Game Summary - Boston at New York
(Sunday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Boston 107, New York 105 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett hit the game-winning bucket at the overtime buzzer, as the Celtics escaped Madison Square Garden with a 107-105 victory over the Knicks.
Paul Pierce netted a game-high 33 points -- including seven in overtime -- and drew two defenders on the last play to leave Garnett open at the top of the key for the difference-maker for Boston, which had lost three of four coming in.
"I took my time," Garnett said of the last shot. "I was rushing everything [earlier in the game]...A lot of times it's not how you start, it's how you finish."
Garnett had 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting, while Kendrick Perkins finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, who received 14 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and four steals from Rajon Rondo.
David Lee had 22 points and 15 boards and hit the game-tying basket with 9.3 seconds left in overtime, but the Knicks failed to extend their winning streak to three games. Al Harrington paced New York with 30 points, while fellow reserve Nate Robinson scored 19 in a losing effort.
"I'm just really pleased with our effort, the way we executed at different times," Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Our defense is a lot better."
New York played frontrunner in the early going of the fourth, but a Perkins tip-in, Rondo free throw and Pierce layup tied it, 89-89, with 5:13 remaining.
It was tied, 96-96, before Garnett hit a 19-footer from the top of the key -- the same spot as his game-winner -- with 1:07 left. Harrington's deep three at the other end hit off the back of the rim, but Ray Allen was called for an offensive foul with 17.7 ticks showing to give the Knicks another chance.
Harrington drove past Garnett and was fouled under the hoop by Perkins. He hit both free throws with 4.7 left, and Rondo's three was off the mark to send the game to an extra session.
Boston led throughout the overtime after Pierce opened the scoring with a three-ball. Ahead 105-103, Pierce missed an off-balance jumper, and Lee grabbed the rebound with 19.9 seconds on the clock.
Larry Hughes' drive freed Lee on the left block for an easy deuce to tie it once again with 9.3 left, leaving enough time for the Pierce-to-Garnett game- winning basket.
Pierce capped the first quarter with a three-ball to give Boston a 30-22 lead.
Boston led 56-53 at halftime and scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to take a 14-point lead. But the Celtics hit just one field goal in the final six minutes of the frame, as the Knicks' subsequent 22-4 rally -- aided by a trio of three-pointers from Harrington -- put the hosts in front, 82-77, with a quarter to play.
Boston has won 10 of the last 11 meetings in this series...Allen finished with 13 points, while Pierce added nine rebounds and six assists for the Celtics, who made more free throws (27) than New York attempted (24)...Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari ended with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for New York.
11/22 18:27:04 ET