We needed an extra quarter, but the Boston Celtics held on to beat the New York Knicks 97-90 and avoid the dreaded sweep.
The Celtics scored more than 80 points for the first time this series.
It started off close enough but with the Celtics leading the way. You could tell the Knicks missed J.R. Smith when Carmelo Anthony started off 0-6 from the field in some really bad shots. His only bucket for the first quarter came as a buzzer beater at the end.
His struggles continued into the 2nd quarter and the Celtics took advantage, building their lead to double digits for the first time this series. As the 2nd half winded down, the Celtics went up by 18 points. But I didn’t think it would last. I think we all knew Anthony would get it going and lead a comeback at some point. He ended the half 3-15 on the floor but, with many trips to the free throw line, he had 16 points.
The Knicks responded in the 3rd quarter by making it a game. They slowly chipped away at the lead and made it an interesting 4th quarter. All night, both teams were in foul trouble, and that added some pressure down the stretch. Celtics got the win off of a vintage Jason Terry performance. He had 18 points in the game, and scored nine of them in OT. He made some big shots int he 4th quarter too to get it to OT, or, since the Celtics were leading, he at least helped hold off the Knicks.
Now the Celtics are a tough team. I’m glad they didn’t get swept at home, no one (fan of the team) likes to see that. Plus, nobody wants to get swept. Of course, there always seem to be two extremes when a team is down 0-3 in a series. Either they will come out with pride to avoid the sweep, or they will come out already on the plane/ride home and get blown out. Celtics did the first obviously. But that’s the end. Knicks should win in game 5, with J.R. Smith back, and Knicks at home. It may be too much for the Celtics. You know Anthony isn’t going to be cold like that again and will be looking to put an end to this series.
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