December 9, 2013

NBA Roundup: Celtics embarrass Knicks, 114-73

Boston posts the most lopsided victory in the NBA this season.

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Another sizzling start for the Boston Celtics, only this time they kept pouring it on.

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Boston’s Avery Bradley works around Tim Hardaway Jr. during the second half of the Celtics’ convincing victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

The Associated Press

NEXT FOR CELTICS

WHO: Celtics at Brooklyn Nets

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

TELEVISION: CSN

By the time they were finished, they had battered the New York Knicks in the most lopsided NBA game this season.

Jordan Crawford made six 3-pointers and scored 23 points, and Boston won its third straight with a 114-73 victory on Sunday.

Jared Sullinger added 21 for the Celtics, who jumped to leads of 12-0, 18-1 and 25-3 and improved their Atlantic Division-leading record to 10-12.

“It was just fun to get a win like that in here because I’ve been on the other side of it a couple times. It’s good to get a win against the division,” Crawford said.

Boston led 58-31 at halftime, then Crawford made four 3-pointers in a 34-point third quarter that extended the lead to 92-56. The Celtics then scored the first four points of the fourth for a 40-point bulge.

“I think the biggest thing today was coming out after halftime and keeping it going. That’s hard to do,” Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said.

Boston led by as much as 45 and went on to surpass a 38-point victory by the Clippers over Chicago that had been the NBA’s biggest victory this season. The Celtics shot 54 percent overall and 56 percent from 3-point range in the rematch of the Knicks’ first-round playoff victory last season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks, who had done to them what they had done to their previous two opponents. Coming off a 30-point victory over Brooklyn and a 38-point rout of Orlando, the Knicks finished with season lows in points and field goal percentage (34.2).

“It’s a step backward. I thought we had turned the corner somewhat,” Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said.

HEAT 110, PISTONS 95: LeBron James had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Miami breezed over host Detroit.

ROCKETS 98, MAGIC 88: Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday in a big way, getting 20 points and 21 rebounds to lead host Houston over Orlando.

THUNDER 118, PACERS 94: Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and host Oklahoma City turned a matchup of two of the NBA’s best into a blowout.

NOTES

RAPTORS-KINGS TRADE: Pending NBA approval, Toronto reportedly will send Rudy Gay to Sacramento for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.

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