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Final: Celtics 118, Knicks 116

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  December 15, 2010 09:47 PM

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Final, Celtics 118-116 Sorry for the lack of blog updates, the wireless at MSG was out, but let's fill you in as best we can. Paul Pierce cans the game winner with 0.4 left but the intrigue didn't end there. Amar'e Stoudemire hit a 3-pointer that for a moment seemed a winner. But officials ruled he released the ball too late, which was the right call.

The Celtics were outplayed most of the game but they made a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter and took their first lead since the first quarter on a Ray Allen 3-pointer with 1:02 left, 116-113. The Knicks responded with a Danilo Gallinari basket and free throw to tie the game at 50.9.

Both teams were unable to score on their next possessions, and the Celtics got a key stop on the Knicks with 12 seconds left, setting up Pierce's 17-foot jumper. It was a typical Celtics play with Pierce coming off the pick-and-roll and then swishing the fadeaway in the face of Stoudemire, who finished with a dominating 39 points.

Pierce left just enough time on the clock for the final crazy play, but the Celtics prevailed in one of the better games in recent memory.

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