Wow. Another insane game at the Garden.
Despite putting forth one of the most wretched rebounding peformances in the history of basketball, the Celtics managed to beat the Knicks 96-93 in Game 2 of their playoff series.
Kevin Garnett (12 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists) made two HUGE plays. His turnaround jumper over Jared Jeffries gave the Cs a 94-93 lead with 13 seconds remaining. On the Knicks next possession, Garnett got a hand on a Jeffries pass, fell on the ball and called a timeout. Ball game.
Rajon Rondo played a spectacular game – 30 points, 12-23 FG, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. He ATTACKED the basket from the start (scoring 14 of the Celtics first 18 points). A horrible defensive effort by Toney Douglas helped the cause. He took the "lay-off Rondo" approach to a new level.
Carmelo Anthony was brilliant – 42 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists in 42 minutes. He did not score in the final two minutes and that's because Doc Rivers made the decision to double-team him on every possession.
Amare Stoudemire (4 points, 2-9 FG in 18 minutes) missed most of the game with back spasms.
The Celtics were outrebounded 53-37. New York had 20 offensive rebounds. The inability to board nearly killed the Cs. It was a bigger factor than Melo's superhuman performance.
Jeff Green and Glen Davis nearly had more combined fouls (9) than points (10).
When did Bill Walker become an enforcer?
"We talked about it, he did it, it was terrific," Doc Rivers on Rajon Rondo.