For the second straight game, the Celtics essentially won by playing half of it. And what a scintillating second half it was in New York City. With the new look Knicks reeling recently, the C's looked dreadful once again in the first half for the third consecutive game. In Houston, the Celtics basically waved the white flag at the half. In New Orleans, they decided that they wanted the game and finally played like it. Last night at Madison Square Garden they provided a carbon copy of it, except with far more drama.
There was bloodshed (literally) from Troy Murphy, Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony. There was chippiness between Amare Stoudemire and Ray. There was Rajon Rondo returning into the necromancer that he has been known for, speeding past the Knicks lazy defense for lay-ups, dimes and Tommy Points. Delonte West threaded the needle to Jeff Green for an emphatic two handed slam on the break. Oh, and there was Paul Pierce once again drilling the dagger.
The Truth struck from his favorite spot on the MSG floor once again, delivering a final blow to an invigorating comeback. There was no Nate Robinson diving (and nearly concussing himself) onto Pierce afterward. There was no bowing at half court. The Celtics stormed back to record the second consecutive signature win of the season and have done so at an opportunistic time. Battling the Chicago Bulls for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the C's are trying to finish the season strong.
In this special edition of GreenLights, we'll see how the comeback was engineered in two parts. It begins at the end of the third quarter with Delonte stealing the ball and New York committing the clear path foul. From there, the C's cut the nine-point deficit to just six entering the final quarter.
Celtics Comeback Part 1:
Celtics Comeback Part 2: