Knicks win Game 3, put Celtics on brink
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The Boston Celtics have controlled the pace during this first-round series vs. the New York Knicks.
They controlled the boards Friday in their playoff home opener.
The Knicks are playing too well right now, overwhelming the Celtics and storming toward a sweep. This Game 3 90-76 victory was just another showing of their dominance.
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, and Raymond Felton had 15 points and 10 assists. But mostly the defense was the difference. The Knicks had 14 steals and held the Celtics to 40.0% shooting.
The Celtics, who honored first responders from the Boston Marathon bombing before their first home game since the tragedy, got 21 points and nine rebounds from Jeff Green plus a game-high 17 rebounds from Kevin Garnett. They held a 41-37 rebounding edge. They outscored the Knicks 40-32 in the paint.
But the Knicks buried their shots, making 11 of 27 three-pointers, and limited their mistakes. And they won.