Boston beats Knicks to spoil Brown’s NY debut
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce had a game-high 30 points to spoil
the Knicks coaching debut of Larry Brown, as the Boston Celtics defeated
New York, 114-100, in overtime at TD Banknorth Garden.
Ricky Davis had 27 points and Delonte West finished one rebound and one assist
short of a triple-double, ending the game with 14 points, nine boards and nine
assists, for the Celtics, who have won 13 of the last 17 meetings with the
“He did all the little things. That’s what makes Delonte a good player, what
he did tonight,” said Boston coach Doc Rivers. “Is he a pure point guard?
No, he’s a guard. He does make a lot of little plays, the blocked shots, the
loose balls, getting the deflections. That’s what makes him a good player.”
Pierce went 18-of-24 from the free throw line and also had a game-high 12
rebounds as the Celtics outscored the Knicks 20-6 in overtime in the season
opener for both teams.
Stephon Marbury had 22 points and Eddy Curry, who was acquired in the
offseason along with forward/center Antonio Davis from the Chicago Bulls,
added 19 points, for New York who hired Brown in the offseason after he was
released from Detroit after the Pistons fell in the championship against the
San Antonio Spurs in seven games.
The score was tied at 86 with three minutes left in regulation. West came up
with a offensive rebound and got the ball to Ricky Davis who drained a three-
pointer with 2:30 left. Pierce had a chance to give the Celtics a three-point
lead with 10 seconds left, but he only hit one of two free throws and Antonio
Davis hit a jumper with 2.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime with the
score knotted at 94 apiece.
However, New York was unable to get its offense on track in the extra session
and Boston blitzed the Knicks with 20 points in five minutes. Ricky Davis
had nine points and Pierce added five in overtime.
The Celtics got four points in the first minute of overtime on two Pierce free
throws and a Ricky Davis jump shot. After a Marbury jump shot Boston ran off
11 more points to seal the victory.
“It’s great, game number one against one of our division rivals, get off on a
good note, giving the guys some confidence, it feels great, it feels great,”
The Knicks, on the strength of 59 percent shooting, had a 28-24 lead after
the first 12 minutes. After Pierce gave the Celtics a 53-51 lead with 1:10
left, Marbury hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds on the clock and the Knicks
went into the locker room with a 54-53 advantage.
Pierce led all scorers at the half with 21 points.
Boston outrebounded New York 57-41 and went 35-for-47 from the free throw
line compared to New York shooting 18-for-33 at the line.
“They shoot 47 free throws and they out-rebound us by 20-something and we turn
the ball over 22 times,” said Brown. “Those are three areas we were talking
about we needed to do a good job in, especially on the road, so that’s
The Celtics came out strong after the half and on the strength of a 11-4 run
took a 74-71 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Former Celtics coach Red Auerbach attended the game two months after he was
hospitalized for undisclosed reasons…The Celtics fell one point short of
highest amount of points in an overtime period…This was the Celtics’ first
overtime home-opener since 1988, when they beat the Knicks 122-115…Boston
is 38-22 in season openers.