Boston beats New York to stay alive
by Tommy Beer, USA TODAY Sports
New York – It’s been more than 13 years since the New York Knicks won a playoff series, last occurring in late April of 2000. That’s 4,749 days to be exact.
After the Boston Celtics stormed into Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night and stunned the Knicks, capturing Game 5 by the score of 92-86. As a result, Knicks fans will have to wait at least a few more days before seeing the second round.
On the other sideline, Boston is attempting to make history of their own. No team in NBA history has ever come back from down 3-0 to win a best of seven series. The Celtics are now halfway there.
Speaking with reporters before the game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked about the possibility of coming all the way back from three games down. “Someone is going to do it, and I want it to be us, obviously. That’s the situation we’re in. Someone will do it, and I really want to be a part of it.”
The odds remain long, but what once seemed impossible after the Celtics were badly outplayed in the first three contests, now appears somewhat plausible.
It took a true team effort offensively, and stellar defense throughout, but the Celtics have forced a Game 6, which will be played in Boston on Friday night.
The Celtics had five different players score in double figures, led by Jeff Green, who finished with 18 points. Kevin Garnett had 16 points, and a game-high 18 rebounds.
After beginning the game on an 11-0 run, the Knicks struggled mightily the rest of the way. The entire team slumped, but no one more so than J. R. Smith. After receiving a one-game suspension in Game 4, Smith couldn’t locate his shot on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, Smith told the media that he would have been playing golf if he had been able to participate in Game 4. Although he participated in Game 5, he negatively impacted the Knicks, forcing bad shots and committing untimely turnovers and fouls.
Carmelo Anthony also struggled for the second straight games. He missed …
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