Boston Massacre in New York
Game 3 was a must win for New York, having an 0-3 deficit is not the ideal situation to be in the playoff and with Amare Stoudemire back in the line-up things looked like they might go the Knicks way on their home floor.
This wasn’t the case, the Boston Celtics came out firing in the first quarter creating a 17 point margin with four minutes to go in the period. The Knicks then went on a run of their own to cut the lead to 7 at the first break. In the second the two sides went back and forth with New York never really being able to make a good enough run to make any sort of stand, it was 52-44 to Boston at the main break.
The second half was all Boston, behind the hot hand of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen and the Celtics floor General Rajon Rondo. The fact that the Knicks defense was virtually nonexistent also helped contribute to the defending Eastern Conference Champs offense. Pierce finished with a game high 38 points on 14 from 19 from the field, while Allen had 32, making 8 from 11 threes. Rondo set a Celtics’ playoff record with 20 assists, he also had 15 points and 11 rebounds to complete his triple-double.
Boston is comfortably in the driver’s seat going up 3-0 in the series. If the come out and play this way the rest of the playoffs they will be very hard to beat.
Until next time..