Knicks slam Celtics
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Steve Francis scored 22 points to lead the New
York Knicks to a 101-75 rout of the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.
Eddy Curry had 21 points and 10 rebounds and while Quentin Richardson netted
17 points and also pulled down six boards for the Knicks, who snapped a three-
game losing streak and revenged a 122-118 loss on Saturday. David Lee fell
just short of a triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists
off the bench.
Wally Szczerbiak chipped in 16 points while Paul Pierce added 12 for the
Celtics, who have lost two in a row.
The Knicks began to pull away in the third quarter, as they began the frame
with a 15-6 run, capped by Francis’s three-pointer, for a 67-53 advantage.
After a three-point play from Pierce cut the lead to 11, 67-56, New York
closed the stanza with a 14-5 spurt, including seven points from Francis,
pushing the margin to 81-61 heading into the fourth quarter.
Curry’s free throw with 8:41 left gave the Knicks an 88-68 lead, and the
Celtics never cut the lead to less than 20 after that.
The Celtics led 25-23 after the opening 12 minutes, but the Knicks outscored
Boston 29-22 in the second for a 52-47 halftime margin.
New York connected on 50 percent of its shots while Boston shot 38.2 percent
from the floor, including 4-of-21 from long distance…The Knicks dominated
the paint, outscoring the Celtics, 48-26, and winning the rebounding battle,
48-30…New York has won four of the last seven meetings in Boston…Channing
Frye scored 13 points while Nate Robinson ended with 11 for the Knicks.