NBA Game Summary - Boston at New York
(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: Boston 107, New York 73
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists to lead the Boston Celtics over the New York Knicks, 107-73, at Madison Square Garden.
Pierce, who was held to only 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting in Friday night's loss to Indiana, shot 10-of-18 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from three- point range, as the Celtics won for the first time in three tries under new head coach Doc Rivers.
"It was nice win, a good positive step for us," said Rivers. "We have to keep doing it, not just for one night.
"Our guys were really ready for this game."
Ricky Davis added 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Celtics, who finally held on to a second-half lead. The club had relinquished an 18-point second- half lead in its opening loss to Philadelphia and a six-point fourth-quarter advantage to Indiana.
Stephon Marbury was held to only 12 points and had six assists for the Knicks, who suffered their worst loss in home opener in franchise history. Jamal Crawford tallied 11 points for New York, which was playing for the first time since dropping its season opener on Wednesday in Minnesota.
Mike Sweetney led the Knicks with 18 points.
Boston grabbed the lead for good just 5 1/2 minutes into the contest. After Nazr Mohammed nailed a jumper to give the Knicks a 13-12 lead, Boston answered with an 8-2 run to take a 20-15 advantage. A Pierce basket with 6 1/2 left gave the Celtics a one-point lead. His layup 2 1/2 minutes later ended the spurt.
The Celtics went into the second with a 28-19 lead thanks to an 8-0 run to end the first. The club then extended the lead to 40-27 by the midway point of the second, and a 13-0 run to end the half increased the onslaught to 55-36 at halftime.
A 12-2 run to start the third made it a 67-38 contest. Gary Payton and Pierce hit back-to-back threes to start the run and a Pierce jumper with 2:48 gone ended the burst. Later in the frame, a pair of Davis free throws extended the lead to 33 points, 85-52, and the Celtics would go into the final quarter ahead 87-56.
The fourth quarter was academic, as the Celtics refused to allow the Knicks back into the contest.
Payton finished with nine points and six assists for the Celtics, who have won 10 of the last 13 against the Knicks.
Boston won in thanks to 19 New York turnovers that the Celtics converted into 26 points. The Knicks, meanwhile, only converted eight points off 12 turnovers.
"It's very devastating," said Knicks head coach Lenny Wilkens regarding the loss. "We have to understand that everything begins with defense. We can't outscore people. We did not do a good job defending and put ourselves in a hole."
Pierce briefly left the game in the second quarter after taking an elbow to the mouth that cracked his tooth. He returned before halftime...New York had won three of four versus the Celtics last season...Kurt Thomas had nine points and nine rebounds for the Knicks...Marcus Banks had 10 points for Boston...Pierce went 6-for-6 from the free throw line...New York's Anfernee Hardaway did not play because of a strained right hamstring...Boston outrebounded the Knicks 45-31.
11/06 22:57:11 ET