Knicks Showcase Defense in Game One
It was better than it ever was yesterday in crunch time of a Knicks playoff game.
If this was the start of a genuine Knicks championship run, it began with De-fense and a historic performance. Coach Mike Woodson’s Knicks suffocated the Celtics in the final two periods, picking off passes, knocking balls away, clutching loose balls.
The Knicks held Boston to a record-tying 25 second-half points and a record-setting eight in the fourth quarter to win Game 1 of the first-round playoff series, 85-78, at the delirious Garden, whose crowd appreciated every moment.
“We played our best defense of the year in the second half,’’ catalyst Jason Kidd said. “We all have the belief and understanding championships are won playing defense. It wasn’t our best offensive night, but we stayed the course and got stops.’’