The Celtics accomplished something tonight that they were unable to do all of last year. They won their third game in a row, beating the Knicks 122-118 in Madison Square Garden. This is the first time since April 2005 that we have won 3 in a row. It is so good to have that monkey off of our backs. In a game that was up and down and was played in runs and that included 113 free throw attempts, the Celtics built a 20 point lead and then let the Knicks come all the way back to take the lead. But, they held on to win, shooting free throws down the stretch.
Once again, we had many positive individual performances. Starting with Pierce who filled up the stat line with 39 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. More importantly, he is doing it within the team game and not forcing things. Wally scored 20 points but fouled out for the first time in 5 years.
Gomes has been playing some incredible ball lately. Tonight he had 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting to go with 14 rebounds. West played some good defense and even though his shot wasn't going, he hustled and played hard.
Our PG play was solid from both Telfair and Rondo. Telfair had 19 points to go with 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Rondo added 5 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Perk did a great job of keeping Curry in check and finished with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks and controlled the paint when he was in the game.
We had 4 players in double figures in Pierce (39), Gomes (22), Wally (20) and Telfair (19). Gomes is developing into that 3rd consistent scorer behind Pierce and Wally. Telfair has also been a consistent scorer for us. And we know that it is just a matter of time before West emerges as a consistent scorer as well. But the best part of this game was that when New York came back, we didn't fold and kept fighting and came away with the win in a close game. It is learning to close out a close game that is significant here. This win moves us from last in the Atlantic to 3rd, only half a game behind Philly and 1.5 games behind New Jersey.