Knicks embarrass Celtics, take 3-0 series lead

BOSTON — The Celtics had every reason to come at the start of Game 3 with a vengeance.

They had just been beaten by the Knicks in the first two games, and now down 0-2 and returning home, it was time for payback.

Um, guys? What was that?

The Knicks didn’t just beat the Celtics in Game 3, they beat them up all game, and dug the grave to their 2013 season with a 90-76 win to take a commanding three-game series lead.

Based on the way things have gone, it would appear as if the Knicks will finish the job Sunday afternoon for all to see.

Boston had exactly one lead in Game 3, and it came on the game’s first made basket by Jason Terry – who got the start.

That was followed up by a Pablo Prigioni three-pointer to give the Knicks a lead that they would never give up again.

New York led by five at the end of the first quarter, then jumped on the Celtics in the second, outscoring them 24-13 to take a 47-31 halftime lead.

Yes, 31 halftime points for Boston.

And it didn’t get any better for the Celtics in the second half either either, who shot 40 percent from the field for the game and allowed 26 points off turnovers to their 8 points.

Boston was led by Paul Pierce (6-15, 17 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds) and Jeff Green (8-17, 21 points, 9 rebounds). Both had five turnovers thought. Kevin Garnett grabbed 17 rebounds. But nobody on Boston could get anything going consistently.

Carmelo Anthony was once again the Knicks’ main weapon with 26 points on 12-25 shooting. Raymond Felton added 13 points and 9 assists, and J.R. Smith scored 15 points off the bench before being ejected midway through the 4th quarter after an elbow to Jason Terry earned him a Flagrant-2.

What they’ll be saying: Well, that should do it. No team has ever come back in a series down three games to none, and nothing says the Celtics are about to be the first team to do so. They were punked in their own home – the first home game they’ve had in 16 days – and it looks like it’s just a matter of time before they’re eliminated. Hopefully they can win on Sunday and at least avoid a sweep, but we’ll be soon talking about the future of this organization and if Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will be a part of it.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Music

Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.