The Celtics raced out to a 35-19 lead after the 1st quarter. The defense was tight, the offense was fluid (and the beer was flowing in the T-Mobile suite).
The Celtics reserves were unable to stretch the lead. Michael Finley (2 pts, 1-9 FG) had one turnover which had me calling him TA.
The lead 'dwindled' to 8, but the Celtics starters turned up the pressure. KG had 8 pts (22 pts, 9-11 FG, 4 reb, 4 assists) in the quarter. Ray and Paul buried back-to-back threes. By half the lead was up to 19.
The Cs came out of the locker room like they downed 5 hour energy drinks, especially Pierce and KG. They stretched the lead even further… 27 points midway thru 3rd. Pierce headed to the bench with 29 pts. The Celts closed the quarter on a Quis floater at the buzzer. Ball game.
Gino hit the jumbotron with 2:54 left and the Celtics up 108-89. John missed it as he was looking for the cork screw for the white wine. The final: Celtics 109 – Knicks 97.