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Final: Celtics 109, Knicks 98

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  October 20, 2012 07:43 PM

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Final: Celtics 109-98: A 27-6 run to begin the fourth quarter helped the Celtics cruise to their second consecutive preseason win. Jeff Green led Boston with 25 points and Jason Terry added 22. Rajon Rondo scored 13 points with 11 assists. Chris Copeland tallied 34 points for the Knicks and James White added 16.

Fourth quarter, 7:32, Celtics 96-87: Boston is on a 16-4 run to start the quarter and Jeff Green just completed a zip pass to Courtney Lee for a dunk that would have made Tom Brady proud. Green has 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots while Jason Terry has 18 points.

End of third quarter, Knicks 83-80: The Celtics regulars -- minus Pierce, Garnett and Bass -- are making runs at the Knicks but can't overcome what was a 20-point deficit in the first half. Jeff Green has 18 points and Jason Terry has 16 for Boston. Chris Copeland has 28 points for the Knicks and Steve Novak has 15, all on 3-pointers.

Third quarter, 5:41, Knicks 68-63: The Celtics are playing Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, Jason Terry and Jared Sullinger against the Knicks reserves and are making a run. Jeff Green has 16 points to lead Boston. Chris Copeland has 26 for New York.

Halftime, Knicks 52-47: Celtics end the half on a 24-9 run to get back into the game thanks to Rajon Rondo and Jason Terry, who canned a 3-pointer in the final seconds. Chris Copeland has 23 points in 18 minutes for New York while Steve Novak has 9.

Second quarter, 2:31, Knicks 50-39: The Celtics are showing some life but have no answer for Chris Copeland, who has 21 points and Steve Novak, who has drained three 3-pointers.

Second quarter, 8:14, Knicks 38-21: Rookie Chris Copeland has 14 points for the Knicks while Steve Novak has canned two 3-pointers for New York. Jeff Green has 7 points for the Celtics, who are shooting 42.9 percent with nine turnovers.

End of first quarter, Knicks 28-15: A forgettable first quarter for the Celtics, who are just trying to stay competitive with four starters on the bench. The Knicks reserves are playing well, led by Chris Copeland, who has 7 points.

First quarter, 2:59, Knicks 19-11: The knicks are launching 3-pointers and playing up-tempo basketball while the Celtics appear to be coasting at this point. James White has 6 points for New York while Rajon Rondo has 2 for Boston.

First quarter, 6:09, Knicks 12-9: Both teams are just racing the ball up the court and taking jump shots. Jared Sullinger has 4 points and has an interesting matchup with 17-year veteran Kurt Thomas.

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