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Sunday, December 21st (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (11-15) at Boston Celtics (25-2), 6:00 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The defending NBA champion Boston Celtics will attempt to match a franchise record Sunday when they shoot for their 18th straight win against the reeling New York Knicks.

Ray Allen scored 27 and Kendrick Perkins added a career-high 25 points on Friday as the Celtics rolled to their 17th straight victory, 126-108, over the Chicago Bulls.

Rajon Rondo had 15 of Boston's 40 assists and the defending NBA champions improved to a gaudy 15-1 at home and a league-best 25-2 this season. Kevin Garnett scored 17 and Paul Pierce had 16 for the Celtics, who can match a couple of records if they top the Knicks on Sunday.

The C's current 17-game run is the second-best in franchise history, joining the 1959-60 squad, the eighth-best streak in NBA history and the longest since Houston's 22-game run last season. Meanwhile, the franchise record victory streak is 18, established during the 1981-82 campaign.

Also, a win today by Boston would 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.

The Knicks dropped their third straight game Friday when Milwaukee's Michael Redd scored 21 points and dished out six assists and Andrew Bogut had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, as the Bucks crushed New York, 105-81, at Madison Square Garden.

David Lee had a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards for the Knicks. Nate Robinson ended with 21 points and Al Harrington 16.

The Celtics defeated the Knicks, who are just 4-10 as the visitor this season, earlier this season in Beantown and has won seven straight overall against the Knicks.

12/21 10:32:03 ET

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