The Boston Celtics replaced the awful taste of losing to the Orlando Magic with a 97-89 victory over the New York Knicks. Led by Isaiah Thomas’ 20 points and eight assists, the Knicks were able to hold off three Knicks in double figures; Carmelo Anthony with 16 points and 14 boards, Robin Lopez with 17 points and 13 boards and Aaron Affalao who led the Knicks with 18 points.
“Eventually,” said reserve Evan Turner, “we started wearing them down playing great defense, and we got stops and turned them into buckets.”
The Celtics are back home tonight for a game against Stan Van Gundy and his Detroit Pistons who broke a two game losing streak against the Brooklyn Nets Monday Night.
“You don’t feel a sense of urgency to put out maximum effort,” Van Gundy told the team’s official website. “That’s where we’ve been, content to just stay in games and then if we get behind we’ll go really hard. We’re looking for chances to rest instead of playing a 48-minute game and we’re just going to have to fight through that.”