Final: Celtics 96, Knicks 93: Kevin Garnett deflects a pass from Jared Jeffries and the Celtics get the ball back with 4.1 seconds left. The Knicks inexplicably fail to foul Delonte West until 0.6 seconds remained on the clock. West hits both free throws, but there wasn’t enough time for the Knicks to score anyways. That’s your ballgame. Celtics lead the series, 2-0.
13.3 4th quarter, Celtics 94-93: Kevin Garnett with the hook shot. Great play. Celtics have been going to Pierce, but KG’s pretty unstoppable in the post without Stoudemire in the game. Now one more stop.
19.3 4th quarter, Knicks 93-92: Someone other than Anthony scores for the Knicks. Jared Jeffries takes it to the basket for two points. The Celtics got the initial stop, but the Knicks scored after the offensive rebound: they’re 20th tonight.
49.0 4th quarter, Celtics 92-91: Kevin Garnett’s dunk puts the Celtics up one. The C’s are isolating Paul Pierce and it’s working, but Pierce can’t hit on some pretty good looks.
2:35 4th quarter, Knicks 91-88: Anthony hits a contested 3-pointer to give him 42 points. It’s unbelievable that the Knicks are leading considering they’re playing without Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups.
5:52 4th quarter, Tied at 84: The Knicks are getting easy looks from the 3-point line. They’re only 7 of 20 for the game, but Roger Mason and Toney Douglas just hit two big ones.
Rondo (28 points) is getting his, and his shots are coming at the rim.
8:48 4th quarter, Celtics 76-74: Carmelo Anthony has 37 points, but he just picked up his fourth foul.
The Celtics need to be careful not to give this game away. The stat board in the building says they have 10 turnovers, but it’s more than that. Rajon Rondo has 6 assists and 4 turnovers, a terrible ratio for him. And Glen Davis is having a terrible series so far. Nothing’s been settled in Game 2.
End 3d quarter, Celtics 74-67: Good stuff from the Celtics to close out that quarter. Vintage Ray Allen and Paul Pierce there. Allen’s 4 of 4 on 3-pointers, while Pierce is 7 of 13 overall for 16 points.
Carmelo Anthony has 30. The question is, does he have enough help? Still no sign of Amar’e Stoudemire on the Knicks bench.
3:03 3d quarter, Celtics 67-61: Rajon Rondo takes it to the rack, then fades away for a bucket plus the foul. He’s right on Anthony’s heels now with 22 points.
5:25 3d quarter, Celtics 60-69: New York counters with a run of their own, led by Anthony, who now has 24 points.
6:55 3d quarter, Celtics 56-51: Just like that Paul Pierce answers the call. Why are his threes always big momentum-boosters? Is it the way he shoots them? The timing? Either way, big shot.
8:24 3d quarter, Tied at 51: The Celtics need to capitalize here with Stoudemire off the floor. Amar’e still has not returned from the locker room.
11:45 3d quarter, Knicks 45-44: Amar’e Stoudemire is not on the floor to start the second half for the Knicks, but the team now says his return is probable.
Halftime, Knicks 45-44: A stupid foul at the end of the half gives the Knicks the lead at the break.
Glen Davis has to know the situation there at the end of the half. Sure he was frustrated with the officials for not calling a foul on Rondo’s drive, but he picked up two fouls and gave the Knicks two free throws.
Amar’e Stoudemire left the game with apparent back spasms. His status for the second half is unknown. It’s got to scare the Celtics a little that Stoudemire has four points and the Knicks are shooting 33 percent and have the lead.
3:32 2d quarter, Celtics 38-37: Eighteen points now for Rondo, who just tried to turn a regular foul into a shooting foul by jumping into his defender. Rondo does that a lot but rarely gets the call.
Meanwhile, a scuffle between Jermaine O’Neal and Ronny Turiaf didn’t amount to anything.
5:51 2d quarter, Knicks 35-34: Amar’e Stoudemire has been held to two points so far.
7:16 2d quarter, Knicks 32-30: Jermaine O’Neal played 8:01 in the first quarter but went to the locker room for what the Celtics are saying is a mild sprain to his left wrist. O’Neal has returned to the game, so it looks like he’s OK.
8:51 2d quarter, Tied at 26: Doc Rivers couldn’t keep Rondo out of the game any longer. He’s in the game, along with Paul Pierce, with the second team. The Celtics played a better first quarter than thhey did in Game 1, but the second quarter looks eerily similar so far.
End 1st quarter, Celtics 23-21: This is the danger of playing the Knicks. The Celtics brought the bench into the game, and the bench made it way too easy for the Knicks to score. Carmelo Anthony just absued Glen Davis on one play, drawing a foul and converting an 18-foot bank shot. The backups need to play the same level of defense as the starters.
2:59 1st quarter, Celtics 20-13: The Celtics have held the Knicks to 5-of-19 shooting. The C’s at 50 percent.
4:52 1st quarter, Celtics 16-11: This Rajon Rondo is awesome. He’s got 12 points. He’s been ahead of the field twice for layups. Nothing to dislike about his performance so far.
6:11 1st quarter, Celtics 12-9: Rondo was apparently reading the blog, because he’s taking it to the basket every time down the floor and scoring at will. He’s got 10 points.
10:27 1st quarter, Celtics 1-0: Rajon Rondo finally stops walking the ball up the floor, drives to the basket, and gets fouled. First point of the game on the board.
Pregame: Just caught the special “It’s all about 18” playoff intro. Good stuff. Fans a little later to arrive tonight with the early start and, you know, work.
Le’ts get it.