Overtime, Knicks: Chris Copeland, who entered the contest late in the fourth quarter, scored 21 points over the final 19:23 of regulation time and overtime as the New York Knicks took a 98-95 win over the Celtics in an exhibition game at the XL Center in Hartford Saturday night.
End of regulation time, Celtics 86, Knicks 86: Jared Sullinger hit the second of two foul shots with 16 seconds remaining, then the Knicks failed to convert on the final regulation-time possession.
Fourth quarter, 3:30, Knicks, 84-78: The Knicks’ bench, led by Pablo Prigioni, outplayed the Celtics for much of the final quarter.
Fourth quarter, 6:32, Celtics 78-72 : Both teams went deep into their benches for the final quarter.
End of third quarter, Celtics 66-62 : The Celtics led by as many as 12 points, but an attempt to go “small” backfired over the final six minutes of the quarter. Only Jared Sullinger scored for the Celtics over the final 5:47, the Knicks closing with a 12-3 run.
Third quarter, 3:39: Celtics 63-56 The Celtics went to a “small” lineup midway through the quarter, the Knicks capitalizing with pick and rolls to Tyson Chandler and a Carmelo Anthony 3-point play in transition.
Third quarter, 6:28: Celtics 60-49 Celtic captain Paul Pierce blocked a Carmelo Anthony drive, Kevin Garnett dunking in transition with 6:30 left in the quarter. Anthony was assessed a technical foul just before a timeout was called.
Halftime, Celtics 50-42 Celtic Jeff Green scored 10 points, dunking twice, in the second quarter.
Second quarter, :56: Celtics 48-41 Rajon Rondo returned to the Celtic lineup late in the second quarter, hitting a pullup jumper in transition for a 48-39 advantage.
Second quarter, 3:11:Celtics 45-39 Carmelo Anthony returned to the Knick lineup and hit a 3-pointer and a jumper in a 29-second span.
Second quarter, 8:10:Celtics 37-32 Jeff Green displayed his versatility, getting a one-hand slam, followed by a shot-clock buzzer 3-pointer in a 43-second span.
Second quarter, 11:38:Celtics 30-27 Kevin Garnett returned to the lineup at the start of the quarter.
End of first quarter, Celtics 28-27 The Celtics went with Brandon Bass, along with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Jason Terry in the starting lineup, Coach Doc Rivers began substituting early, Darko Milicic replacing Garnett with 7:41 remaining in the opening quarter.