Saturday , Jan , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – January 31

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – January 31 ===

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics lost their third straight game on
Friday, falling to Atlantic Division rival New York, 92-74, at the
FleetCenter.

Mark Blount had a career-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the
Celtics, who have dropped three straight contests and are 0-2 under interim
head coach John Carroll.

Boston made a dismal 32 percent of its shot (26-of-82). The Celtics were also
just 2-of-21 on three-point tries.

New York blew the game open in the third quarter as a pair of free throws by
Keith Van Horn stretched the cushion to 62-46 nearly four minutes into the
period. Boston trailed by 13 later in the frame, but the Knicks ended the
quarter on an 8-0 run and held a commanding 78-57 advantage after three.

The Celtics never threatened in the fourth quarter.

Boston’s Paul Pierce finished with just 12 points on 3-of-16 from the floor.
He played 36 minutes and grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists in
the loss.

The Celtics visit the Indiana Pacers tonight.

BOS