Danilo Gallinari led the Knicks (1-3) with 20 points and made 6 of 11 shots. Wilson Chandler added 17 points and Raymond Felton 16.
“They got into us in the third quarter,” said Knicks Coach , adding: “We were up 10, and they really got into us, which is good. It’s good that we can try to figure out what to do and try to get some scoring.”
Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who has averaged 24.3 points in his first three preseason games, rested Saturday, replaced in the starting lineup by guard Toney Douglas.
D’Antoni said the move was strictly precautionary, with the game opening a stretch of four in five days for the Knicks. Stoudemire, signed to a five-year, $100 million deal in the off-season, is likely to be in the lineup Sunday against Washington.
Delonte West (lower back) did not make the trip for the Celtics, after undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging test earlier in the day.