This wasn't the greatest basketball game by any stretch of the imagination. It was ugly, chippy, and just not pretty. Turner committed five of Boston's 16 turnovers, and those turnovers aided the ugly night. Boston's defense was a key point for the Knicks not so pretty performance. Boston limited New York to just 43.7 percent shooting from the field and 29.2 percent shooting from 3-point range. Andrea Bargnani tied a season high with 25 points for the Knicks, who also had five players in double figures.
The Celtics led by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter, but like the game the Celtics played ugly. The Knicks hung around all night, simply by playing hard. Four Celtics scored at least 15 points Friday night against the Knicks. With Thomas shaking off some rust with an 18 point night. Bass scored 16 points and only needed seven field goal attempts to reach that total. Jae Crowder added 17 points and nine rebounds, as Boston held off a late rally by the New York Knicks to win 96-92.
"This was a hard game," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "I knew it was going to be a hard game. We all knew it was going to be a hard game. I'm happy that we won. I thought we made a few too many mistakes late that we need to clean up."
This felt like a trap game for some reason. The Celtics played down to the (14-59) Knicks. Andrea Bargnani tied a season high with 25 points for the Knicks, who also had five players in double figures. The Celtics hang onto the 8th after beating New York. The Celtics are 32-40 with 10 games to go.