Sunday , Nov , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics edge Knicks in shootout

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 29 of his season-high 39
points in the second half and Ryan Gomes ended with 22 points and 14 rebounds
to help the Boston Celtics down the New York Knicks 122-119 at Madison Square
Garden.

Wally Szczerbiak ended with 20 points and Sebastian Telfair had 19 points for
the Celtics, who won their third straight game despite blowing a 20-point
third-quarter lead.

Jamal Crawford scored 37 points for the Knicks, who had a two-game win streak
halted. Nate Robinson added 20 points and Steve Francis had 17 points for New
York, which was coming off a 24-point win over the defending NBA champion Heat
on Friday night.

“We weren’t able to contain their guards off the dribble, that really hurt
us,” said Francis. “We struggled on one on one defense.”

The Celtics turned a three-point halftime deficit into a 20-point lead just
eight minutes into the third quarter.

Down 56-53 at the break, Boston quickly turned that into a 64-61 lead after a
Telfair three-point play just 1:45 into the stanza. Then, after Francis made
it 64-63 following a pair of free throws, Boston went on a 21-2 run to open up
its largest lead of the game. Gomes scored six points during the run, which
was capped by a Pierce three-pointer just before the four-minute mark of the
quarter for an 85-65 cushion.

New York rallied to get within 87-78 after a pair of Robinson free throws in
the final second, but Boston went into the fourth with an 88-78 advantage.

The Knicks continued to chip away and eventually took a brief lead late in the
fourth quarter. With 4:20 left Stephon Marbury’s driving layup gave New York a
101-100 edge.

“We’re trying to find ways to keep it interesting at the end,” said Celtics
coach Doc Rivers. “At the end of the day, we won the game.”

However, Telfair hit a bucket next time down the floor for Boston to give his
team the lead for good and ignite 14-3 run that put the game away. Pierce, who
had nine points during the run, had 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Marbury ended with just eight points for the Knicks.

The game was tied 24-24 after one quarter.

Game Notes

David Lee had 12 points and eight rebounds for New York…Boston went to the
free throw line 63 times and the Knicks went 50 times…The Celtics finished
50-of-63, while the Knicks went 42-of-50…The New York bench outscored
Boston’s 77-19.

BOS NYK