The difference between the old Gerald Green and the new Gerald Green is obvious.
The new Gerald Green makes big shots.
After hitting a pair of free throws with 3:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, Green put the Celtics up 94-88 with a jumper from the elbow on Boston’s next possession. As Isiah Thomas called a timeout to stop the bleeding, 17,003 Celtics fans stood and cheered their future star.
The other half of Boston’s future tandem was equally clutch down the stretch. Al Jefferson had 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists against New York’s imposing Eddy Curry.
The Celtics had four players (Green, Jefferson, Paul Pierce, and Brian Scalabrine) in double figures as Boston won its second game in a row.
Rajon Rondo was also a difference maker for the Celtics. The rookie point guard had nine rebounds, eight assists, and two steals to help Boston get off to a fast start in the first half.
The Celtics built a 20-point halftime lead thanks to 56 percent shooting. Scalabrine hit four of five three-pointers in the period and the team as a whole went 6-for-8 from beyond the arc.
The Knicks took their first lead of the game, 81-79, on a Stephon Marbury three-pointer at the 9:15 mark in the fourth quarter. The teams battled back and forth the rest of the way.
Quentin Richardson led the way for New York with 24 points and eight rebounds.
Keep it here. We’ll have locker room reaction in a bit.