Wednesday , Feb , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics, Knickerbockers square off in Beantown

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics try to make it two straight wins
this evening when they host the division-rival New York Knicks at TD Banknorth
Garden.

Boston hasn’t won consecutive games since ripping off five straight wins from
December 9 – 16 this season. The Celtics ended a four-game losing streak with
Monday’s 77-72 victory over the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.

Paul Pierce recorded 28 points to help take advantage of a Tracy McGrady-less
Houston squad. Pierce scored seven of his points during a 13-0 run late in the
fourth quarter for the Celtics, who won for just the second time over their
past 22 contests.

Delonte West added 16 points and Al Jefferson had 16 points and 17 rebounds
for Boston, which will return home where it is just 5-21 this season. The
Celtics are last in the Atlantic, while New York is 5 1/2 games off the lead.

New York has alternated wins and losses over its last nine games, and posted a
99-93 triumph over Miami on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Stephon Marbury scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the
Knicks to their second win in three games. Eddy Curry added 28 points and 11
rebounds for New York, which won for the third time in five outings since the
All-Star break.

The Knicks, who are still alive for a playoff spot, have lost their last three
games on the road and are 10-19 away from the Big Apple this season.

On the injury front for New York, forward David Lee (ankle) is questionable
for Wednesday’s game, while guard Steve Francis (knee) is doubtful against the
Celtics.

Wednesday’s showdown between Boston and New York is the fourth and final
meeting of the regular season. The Celtics lead the 2006-07 series by a 2-1
count and have won five of seven and nine of the last 12 meetings.

New York has won two straight after losing its last three in Beantown.

BOS NYK