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Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  November 22, 2009 01:06 PM

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Celtics win 107-105

Kevin Garnett drains a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer and the Celtics get a tough win.

Overtime, 9.3 Tied 105-105

The Knicks score on a simple pick-and-roll between Larry Hughes and David Lee with Lee slamming the bucket home. They left plenty of time for the Celtics to get a quality shot and win this game. Rondo is not in the game.

Overtime, 19.3 Celtics 105-103

If it seems I am repeating myself, I am. Boston missed yet another chance to go up 4 or 5 points. Rajon Rondo missed an open jumper and Paul Pierce missed a leaner, giving the ball to the Knicks with a chance to tie or win.

Overtime, 1:04 Celtics 105-103

Boston keeps blowing chances to make it a two-possession game and the Knicks have 14 seconds on the clock to try to tie it.

Overtime, 2:41, Celtics 105-101

Paul Pierce started the extra period off with a big 3-pointer and just added a layup for a two-possession lead. The Celtics are responding defensively and holding down Al Harrington.

Overtime, Tied, 98-98

OK somebody got the play wrong because Rajon Rondo was left holding the ball in the final seconds and had to launch a 20-footer that missed. The Celtics didn't score in the final 1:07 and didn't even get a quality possession in that span.

Fourth quarter, 4.7, Tied, 98-98

Al Harrington drove to the paint and was fouled and nearly made the basket. He made both free throws, giving Boston the ball at halfcourt with less than five seconds left. Who gets the ball?

Fourth quarter, 17.7, Celtics, 98-96

OK, so the Celtics couldn't convert and Wilson Chandler was headed the other way, only to fall and fumble the ball out of bounds. Replays showed he was tripped but the Celtics were rewarded the ball. They inbounded to Ray Allen, who then was called for hooking Al Harrington after being double-teamed. A pretty obvious make-up call. Knicks have the ball.

Fourth quarter, 39.5, Celtics, 98-96

OK the Celtics just got a big stop, clipping a pass that sailed out of bounds with two seconds left on the 24-shot clock. Al Harrington then missed a 3-pointer as the clock expired and Rajon Rondo grabbed the rebound.

Fourth quarter, 1:19, Tied, 96-96

The Celtics had a chance to go up two possessions but Rajon Rondo missed a 20-footer and David Lee countered with a layup. Doc Rivers called a timeout and Boston has the ball looking to take the lead.

Fourth quarter, 2:44, Celtics, 96-94

The Celtics are on a mini-run and Ray Allen just gave the C's the lead with his first 3-pointer with 2:44 left. Boston has again stepped it up defensively and neutralized Al Harrington, who has 24 points in 32 minutes off the bench.

Fourth quarter, 5:57, Knicks 88-84

The Celtics are getting stops defensively but not scoring on the other end, so we have a stalemate. Kevin Garnett did show encouraging signs by canning an 18-foot jumper, his first points since the first quarter. Kendrick Perkins is having trouble with Eddy Curry in the paint while Ray Allen is 2 for 11 from the field and missed all four 3-point attempts. The Celtics are 8 for 20 from the 3-point line, with five of those by Paul Pierce.

Fourth quarter, 8:53, Knicks 86-81

Rajon Rondo missed two more key free throws that could have drawn the Celtics closer and is now 3 for 6 with his new style. The keys today are Al Harrington and Nate Robinson, who have combined for 40 points off the bench. Rasheed Wallace is having a bad game -- 0 for 6 from the field -- and just picked up his fifth technical of the season, arguing his fourth foul.

End of third quarter, Knicks 82-77

Hard to believe the Celtics actually led this game, 69-55, with 7:30 left in the period but another third-quarter breakdown has allowed a team that shouldn't be in the game to own a lead. This is reminiscent of the Indiana game, where the Celtics allowed the Pacers to stay close and then ended up losing. New York went on a 27-8 run to end the half and are running the Celtics out of MSG.

Kevin Garnett is 1 for 9 for 2 points while Rasheed Wallace is scoreless in 11 minutes.

Third quarter, 4:32, Celtics 73-67

The Knicks are on another run, this one 12-4, as the Celtics are unable to put the Knicks away. David Lee has scored 6 points during the surge while Kendrick Perkins has 8 points in the third quarter. Kevin Garnett is just 1 for 8 from the field and has scored 2 points.

Third quarter, 9:15, Celtics 65-53

The Celtics have come out strong, obviously a byproduct of a tongue-lashing from Doc Rivers. Kendrick Perkins has scored two buckets while Paul Pierce added a 3-pointer for the 12-point lead. The Celtics are shooting 53 percent from the 3-point line.

Halftime, Celtics 56-53

The Knicks showed some fight in the second quarter and the Celtics' interior defense let them down in key stretches, so now we have a game. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 17 points while Eddie House has 10. The Celtics have essentially played this game without Kevin Garnett, who has three fouls -- two offensive -- and was limited to just 9:49 of the first half.

Al Harrington and Nate Robinson have combined for 23 points and sparked the Knicks off the bench. Everybody talks about how bad the Knicks are, but this team has talent, legitimate NBA players. Not sure why they are 3-9 but these aren't a bunch of retreads and NBDLers out here.

Second quarter, 2:32, Celtics 52-48

Brian Scalabrine has come off the bench and canned his most important 3-pointer of the season to date, giving the Celtics a 3-point lead. Eddie House has 10 points.

Second quarter, 5:05, Tied at 40

The Knicks are on a 14-4 run, keyed by 5 points from Nate Robinson and two buckets from Al Harrington. Kevin Garnett has picked up his third foul halfway through the period and will be on the bench until the third quarter.

Second quarter, 8:47, Celtics 36-28

The Celtics are playing better and the ball is moving but Rasheed Wallace is still a concern. He is 0 for 3 from the field and just air-balled a 3-pointer before the timeout. He doesn't look confident. Nine Celtics have scored while Rajon Rondo has grabbed four rebounds.

End of first quarter, Celtics 30-22

Paul Pierce has come out firing with 14 points as the Celtics have canned five 3-pointers en route to an 8-point lead. Eddie House, struggling with his shot for weeks, has helped out with two 3-pointers. Defensively, the Celtics are allowing too many easy buckets. Al Harrington has come off the bench to hit two 3-pointers.

First quarter, 2:57, Celtics 17-12

The Celtics would have a bigger lead if not for consecutive offensive fouls on Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett. The Celtics are shooting 47 percent from the field.

First quarter, 4:53, Celtics 13-12

Some interesting developments in the early going. Wilson Chandler, usually a small forward, is guarding Kevin Garnett while Danilo Gallinari is assigned to Paul Pierce. Larry Hughes has two buckets for the Knicks while the Celtics are 5 for 12 from the field.

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