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Celtics 109, Knicks 97

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  March 17, 2010 07:50 PM

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Paul Pierce didn't score a bucket in the first quarter. In fact, he was only on the floor for two minutes because of foul trouble. He only played two quarters really, but in 24 minutes of action he put up 29 points on 11 of 17 shooting, picking the Knicks apart in the Celtics 109-97 win.

After going for 13 points in the second quarter, Pierce went off for 16 points in the third. He drilled three of his six three point attempts, taking what came to him, and Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has been clear that he wants a lot of the offense to come to Pierce over the next few weeks.

The Celtics held the Knicks to 25 percent shooting in the first quarter, building a 35-19 cushion to work with the rest of the way.

Bill Walker, who had put up nice numbers since being dealt to the Knicks, scored just eight points. David Lee led the Knicks with 29.

Fourth Quarter

4:32 Celtics 107-85: Call it a miscarriage of justice. Brian Scalabrine's inactive on St. Patrick's Day. No possibility of seeing him in a jersey even though there's a section of fans shouting his name.

7:48 Celtics 96-79: Another fourth quarter of rest for the Celtics' starters

Third Quarter

End of quarter, Celtics 92-71: Talk about all or nothing, Michael Finley (who scored 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting against the Pistons) missed everything not once, not twice but three times with his jumper. Coincidentally, his only miss in the Pistons game was also an air ball. For what it's worth, he said it felt good when he shot it.

2:07 Celtics 88-68: The Knicks are a weird team to think about, a bunch of guys playing for jobs next year. Al Harrington (14 points off the bench) came out and told the New York Post he wouldn't mind playing in New Jersey next year.

He's seen the writing on the wall, feels he's been shoved aside to give more playing time to guys who figure in their future.

"It'd be a lie if I said I didn't think about it," Harrington, a 30-year-old, 11th-year pro, said of free his agency."At the end of the day, I'll definitely have a job next year. Someone's going to want my services -- if it's not New York, somewhere else.

"For me it doesn't matter. I know I'm going to end up somewhere. As long as I'm in a position to win basketball games. I don't want to be at this point of the year, not playing for anything. Because this [stinks]."

3:33 Celtics 83-63: Sort of funny to watch Walker and Glen Davis jabber at each other while David Lee was shooting free throws. No offensive explosion in sight for Walker. He's got 6, his team's down 20 and garbage times creeping closer and closer.

8:59 Celtics 74-51: A couple nights ago Kobe Bryant said beating the Warriors didn't mean a whole lot because you weren't going to see that style of play in the postseason. You kind of get the same feeling here. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are both headed toward 20-point nights if they don't hit the benches first.

Second Quarter

7.8: Celtics 65-49: After sitting out the first quarter in foul trouble, Paul Pierce has 13 points this quarter. The Celtics starters are clicking offensively throwing no look passes setting up easy lay-ups but also doing the responsible stuff, finding the open man on the perimeter.

5:40 Celtics 45-37: Led by David Lee's 10 points, the Knicks have sawed what was once a 16-point Celtics lead in half. 

9:03 Celtics 36-25: J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker are on the floor at the same time. Giddens justs cored his first bucket, getting by Paul Pierce for a lay-up. 

First quarter

End of quarter Celtics 35-19: No surprise that the Knicks heaved up 20 shots and missed 15.

1:27 Celtics 33-19: Nate Robinson comes in for Rajon Rondo and drills two quick threes from in front of the Celtics bench (one of them as the shot clock expired).

3:15 Celtics 25-13: As soon as he got in the game Rasheed Wallace went to the block and got a turnaround and the foul for a quick 3-point play. Before the game, Doc Rivers sort of danced around a question about whether Wallace was where Rivers though he'd be at this point in the season.

4:53 Celtics 20-11: Paul Pierce went to the bench after only two minutes -- with two fouls -- and hasn't been back on the floor since.

6:47, Celtics 14-7: Your typical Mike D'Antoni game. Tons of shots. Not a lot of defense. The Knicks have taken 11 shots and missed nine of them. The Celtics have made seven of their nine shots. Don't hold your breathe waiting to see any defense from New York.

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