Celtics annihilate Knicks at Madison Square Garden

It was expected that there would be plenty of blowouts throughout the Celtics’ 2013-14 season but that the Green would be on the losing end of many a lopsided score. But over a month into this season, the C’s obviously haven’t followed their tanking script and Sunday they earned their most convincing win of the season in slamming the Knicks in New York, 114-73. Boston improved to 10-12 on the season and dropped their Atlantic Division rival to 5-14.

The C’s outscored the Knicks 34-11 in the first quarter and never looked back in the biggest blowout margin of any NBA game so far this season. Jordan Crawford continued his terrific play at the point for the C’s, hitting six 3-pointers and scoring 23 points in the matinee. Jared Sullinger pumped in 21 points for Boston.

What they’ll be saying: Brad Stevens has got to be a favorite for NBA Coach of the Year at this point, as most talking heads did not believe the Celtics would see double-digit wins on the season until Valentine’s Day at the earliest. But Boston is playing a fine brand of team-basketball at this point in the year and there’s no reason to believe they can’t sweep “Reunion Week” in the next few days as they’ll play against Kevin Garnett and the Nets for the first time Tuesday in Brooklyn before hosting Doc Rivers and the Clippers Wednesday at TD Garden.

Follow Metro Boston sports editor Matt Burke on Twitter @BurkeMetroBOS


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