April 27, 2013

Sweep week looking likely for Celtics

With New York again ripping Boston in Game 3, the first-round outcome seems a four-gone conclusion.

The Associated Press

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Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce
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Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks shoots over Paul Pierce during New York’s 90-76 victory Friday night in Boston. The Knicks can complete a sweep of the first-round series on Sunday.

The Associated Press

Pablo Prigioni gave the Knicks a boost with three early 3-pointers as the Knicks positioned themselves to avenge their first-round sweep at the hands of the Celtics two years ago. Garnett had 12 points and 17 rebounds, while Pierce missed six of his first seven shots and finished with 17 points.

The Celtics were within three early in the second quarter before Prigioni and Smith hit 3-pointers in an 8-0 run that made it 34-23. The Celtics had held Anthony in check until then, but he got hot late in the half while they remained ice cold.

Back-to-back jumpers had the defense keying on Anthony's jumper, so he spun toward the basket to catch an alley-oop pass, and Felton followed with a 3-pointer to make it 47-29 with 58 seconds left in the half. Green made a layup for the final basket of the half, then the Celtics walked off to boos.

Boston cut it to 49-38 and Terry was dribbling up the floor on a fast break when Prigioni stepped in and swiped the ball away from him. The Knicks missed a shot, but Prigioni grabbed the rebound to set up a 3-pointer by Anthony. Felton followed with another basket to make it 54-38, and Boston's momentum was gone for good.

 

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