The short-handed New York Knicks just overpowered the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night and came away with an 117-106 victory.
Boston was floating at around a 9-point lead almost the entire first quarter, but the lead evaporated in the final minutes of the quarter thanks to a 10-4 run by the Knicks. The Celtics did hold a 34-31 lead after the first quarter with Jae Crowder leading all scorers with 11 points, but New York built a 51-43 advantage with about half of the second quarter left to play.
Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 19 first-half points (13 in the second quarter), but the rest of the team only contributed 7 points in the second quarter. Derrick Rose led the charge for the Knicks as he had 14-point with his team up 63-54 at halftime.
The Celtics continued to chip away at the lead in the second half and ended up bringing it down to 1-point several times, but were never able to get over the hump. Every time Boston would get close, the Knicks would pull away again as they ended up with an 88-83 lead heading into the final quarter.
It was the same story in the fourth as Isaiah Thomas remained the only reason the Celtics even stayed close. Thomas carried the C’s back to within one, but once again the Knicks responded with back-to-back three-pointers and extended their lead back up to 11-points and finish the game at 117-106.
Derrick Rose was huge for the Knicks in this game, contributing 30 points and 10 rebounds for his team. New York was without Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis so they needed their other stars to step up and Rose was up to the challenge as his 10 rebounds was a season-high.
Thomas led all scorers with 39 points but didn’t have much help at all as the Celtics shot terrible percentages from both the field (38.5%) and from beyond the arc (27.3%). The story of the game, however, was the rebounding. The Knicks out-rebounded the Celtics 57-33 in this game and Boston can flat out blame this loss on the fact that they got out-manned by the Knicks. Ultimately this is a tough loss for the Celtics to take against the banged up Knicks team but will look to bounce back on Saturday when the Portland Trail Blazers come to town.