NBA Game Summary - New York at Boston
(Wednesday, March 17th)
Final Score: Boston 109, New York 97
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored 29 points in 24 minutes to lead Boston in a 109-97 win against the Knicks amid a sea of green on St. Patrick's Day at the Garden.
Kevin Garnett added 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting for the Celtics, who have strung together a pair of wins after dropping three of four.
Kendrick Perkins grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo handed out an equal number of assists.
"Paul -- 29 in 24 -- I think it's his second, maybe third game in a row where early fouls have become a problem. And most players struggle on those nights, when you pick up those fouls like that. He came back in like he hadn't missed a beat so it was pretty good," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
David Lee registered 29 points, nine boards and seven assists for New York, which closed out a five-game road trip at 2-3. Al Harrington provided 16 points off the bench.
"There were a lot of toos out there. They were too big, too quick, too good, and the road trip a little too long," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said of being overmatched most of the night. "I thought the effort was there. We tried to do it. We just weren't good enough."
Boston opened up a 32-19 margin after 12 minutes of play, held a double-digit lead for most of the second and used a late barrage of three-pointers -- two from Pierce and one from Ray Allen -- to settle on a 68-49 game at halftime.
The game started to get out of hand early in the third with a 13-3 Boston run making it an 81-54 game less than five minutes in.
It was 92-71 moving to the fourth and a personal eight-point burst by seldom- used Shelden Williams in garbage time gave the C's a 104-79 advantage with 5:15 remaining. The lead remained out of reach from there, as Boston won going away.
Boston moved to 21-12 at TD Garden this year and has won seven of 10 contests overall this month...The Knicks are 10-23 away from Madison Square Garden this season...The C's have won the first three meetings with New York this season and four straight overall...New York has lost seven straight in Beantown after winning its previous two....Allen had nine points and Nate Robinson scored eight in the win...Danilo Gallinari checked in with nine points for the Knicks.
03/17 23:44:52 ET