NBA: Boston gets another victory to take 2-game lead over Knicks

Posted Apr 19, 2011 by Austin Tyler
The Celtics had to come from behind in the last game, and this game they had to do the same despite a big game from Carmelo Anthony. The Celtics got a impressive game of their own, but from a unlikely scorer in Rajon Rondo who set a career high.
Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics
Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics (56-26) looked to take a two game lead over the New York Knicks (42-40) in game two of this Eastern Conference playoff. The Knicks looked to advantage like they did last game, but finish it off with a victory, but with Chauncey Billups on the sideline it looked like a tall order.
The game started off sluggish as neither team scored until the 10:26 mark, and that was a free-throw by Rajon Rondo that made it 1-0 until Landry Fields made a layup. Toney Douglas scored to make it 4-1, but Rondo went on the attack and scored back-to-back layups. Carmelo Anthony scored on a jumper to give the Knicks a one point lead. The Celtics then went on a 9-3 run to give Boston a 16-11 advantage. Rondo scored seven of the Celtics nine points, with only one point coming on a free-throw.
Boston called a timeout with a 20-13 lead and Ray Allen pushed it to 23-13 with a three-pointer. The Knicks ended the period with an 8-0 spurt to finish down by two, 23-21.
Rondo finished the first quarter with 14 points, with 12 of his points coming in the paint. Rondo attacked the Knicks transition defense with most of his points coming on personal fastbreaks.
Jeff Green made a free-throw to open the second quarter, but the Knicks went on a 7-2 run to take a 28-26 lead off a pair of Bill Walker free-throws. Boston tied the game up at 28 points apiece and the Knicks took the lead again, but the Celtics tied the game up again 30 points and 32 points. Carmelo Anthony made a three-pointer to make it a 35-32 game only to have Kevin Garnett make a jumper to put the C’s down by one.
The Celtics then scored the next six points to get ahead 40-37 with 2:18 left. With .33 seconds left the Knicks took a one point lead 43-42, and ended the half with a pair of Shawne Williams to take a 45-44 lead into the half.
The New York Knicks got some more bad news as Amare Stoudemire left the game and did not return with back spasms. The Knicks trainers tried to work on him during halftime, but Amare did not feel any better and stayed in the locker room for the second half.
Carmelo Anthony opened the third period with a three-pointer only to have Ray Allen answer with a three-pointer of his own to make it 48-47 in the Knicks favor. The Knicks had a 51-49 lead and the Celtics scored the next seven points to take a 56-51 lead with a Paul Pierce three-pointer.
Paul Pierce had a nice game to help the Celtics get the advantage in this series.
Paul Pierce had a nice game to help the Celtics get the advantage in this series.
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Toney Douglas made a three-pointer after a Knicks timeout to get within two, but a Ray Allen three-pointer gave the Celtics a 59-54 lead. Carmelo Anthony made a three-pointer to tie the game up at 59 points apiece. The Celtics took the lead back and Ray Allen gave them a four-point lead with a three-pointer. With 1:15 left in the quarter Paul Pierce scored back-to-back jumpers to give the Celtics a 74-63 lead. Carmelo Anthony scored four straight points to go down 74-67 to end the period.
The Celtics took a 76-70 victory early in the final period, and the Knicks began to cut into that lead and take the lead with an 8-0 spurt. Toney Douglas made a three-pointer to give the Knicks an 81-80 lead with 6:48 left in the game. The Celtics answered to take a one point lead, but Roger Mason made a three-pointer to give the Knicks a two point lead.
Kevin Garnett tied the game up at 84 points apiece to force the Knicks to take a timeout. The teams traded baskets down the stretch as the game tied repeatedly until Carmelo Anthony made a clutch off balance three-pointer to give the Knicks a 91-88 lead, and force Boston to take a timeout.
The Celtics went on an 8-2 run to close the game out. Kevin Garnett made a jumper with .19 seconds left to give the C’s a one point game, and then turned around to steal the ball from Jared Jefferies and seal the game.
Carmelo Anthony had a monster game with 42 points, 17 rebounds and six assists. Toney Douglas finished the game with 14 points and seven rebounds to step in for the injured Chauncey Billups. Jared Jefferies helped off the bench with ten points and six rebounds.
Amare Stoudemire finished the first half with four points before he left the game.
Rajon Rondo did not have his typical type of game with a large number of assists and rebounds he had a big scoring game with 30 points. He had seven assists and only four rebounds. Paul Pierce caught fire in the second half to finish with 20 points, and Ray Allen finished with 18 points going 4-4 from behind the arc. Kevin Garnett finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
The Celtics now own a 2-0 lead in this seven game series and will have to travel to New York for game three. They will square off in Madison Square Garden, and bring the playoffs back to MSG for the first time since 2004 NBA Playoffs. Game three will be Friday, April 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM (EST).