Apple appeals to Celtics

March 28, 2015 - photo frame

NEW YORK — Two nights after losing during home to a terribly undermanned Miami outfit, a Celtics came into Madison Square Garden and played good adequate to better a Knicks.

Which, deliberation a Knickerbockers are a misfortune group in NBA captivity, isn’t observant a good deal.

But Jae Crowder (17 points, 9 rebounds) banged a pots and pans together to keep a Celts awake, and Isaiah Thomas (18 points) looked a small some-more like Isaiah Thomas in his second diversion back, heading a Celts to a 96-92 feat that kept them a half-game in front of Brooklyn in a foe for a eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

This was only a five-point diversion mid by a fourth entertain when Evan Turner had 5 points in a 6-0 run that done it 86-75.

But Turner had his fifth turnover of a diversion as a Knicks replied with 6 true of their possess to make it engaging again with dual mins left.

Crowder strike 3-of-4 giveaway throws and Marcus Smart combined 1-of-2 to clearly revive order. But Shane Larkin scored while being fouled, and Cleanthony Early sloping in his missed giveaway throw. After Turner done dual tainted shots, Langston Galloway strike a pull-up trey, and unexpected it was 92-88 with 25.9 on a clock.

The Celts hold on from there, yet it wasn’t indispensably pretty.

If a Celtics were dynamic to equivocate personification to a turn of their foe and come out with passion opposite a Knicks, they did an excellent office of stealing their feelings early on.

After holding a 9-4 lead, a C’s watched as a hosts went on a 12-2 run. The lowlight came when Knick brazen Lou Amundson bricked dual giveaway throws — and afterwards saw a miscarry of a latter trip by a hands of Tyler Zeller and Brandon Bass and out of end with no Knicks in pursuit. Andrea Bargnani done them compensate by attack a jumper a few seconds later.

That’s a approach it went for a Celts many of a period.

They did, however, have a impulse — or two.

The Celts were down 20-15 when they fast took a lead on dual rather extraordinary plays on uninterrupted possessions.

First, Kelly Olynyk worked his approach to inside position and converted an Thomas miss. Then Thomas took a small strike from Shane Larkin and disfigured adult a 3-pointer from a right wing that banked in off a glass. He combined a giveaway chuck for a four-point play and a 21-20 lead.

But Jason Smith strike a jumper to move a Knicks to 55.6 percent sharpened for a entertain and a 22-21 dilemma entering a second.

There, after Smith strike another jumper, a Celtics arose.

It was no warn that Crowder was a spark. He had 6 points and 4 rebounds as a C’s constructed a 20-6 run to go ahead, 41-30. Jonas Jerebko combined a trey and a pushing hoop, and Bass had 4 of his 6 second-quarter points in a burst.

A late Bargnani 3-pointer had a Knicks within 8 during a half, 47-39, though a Celtics had during slightest atoned to a grade for a muted opening frame.

It’s transparent Brad Stevens was intensely endangered about this one removing away.

So when Turner committed dual turnovers in a initial 1:40 of a third quarter, a manager reached fast for Crowder. But a Knicks had gotten on some kind of a roll.

After Bass non-stop a period’s scoring with an outward shot, Bargnani scored twice to start an 11-2 New York run that done it a one-point game.

But Crowder had 6 discerning points, and a Celts pulled off an 8-2 run to supplement to a margin. And when Thomas loosened adult with a expostulate and a trey, a C’s were behind adult by 10 in a final notation of a frame.

However, Smith hardly kick a buzzer with a 3-pointer from a left dilemma to make it a 70-63 diversion entering a final period.

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