The nitty gritty
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 34 points on 11-of-25 shooting with nine rebounds and two assists, while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points off New York's bench. Cole Aldrich added a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) in a spot start. Jeff Green scored 17 of his team-high 27 points in the third quarter, but his stat line was otherwise lackluster (2 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, minus-15) over 41 minutes. Jerryd Bayless added 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting, but was a team-worst minus-25 in plus/minus. The Knicks shot 52.5 percent overall, including 57.9 percent (11-of-19) beyond the 3-point arc. Boston finished at 42 percent shooting.
It took less than 4½ minutes for the Knicks to build a double-digit lead and that advantage ballooned as high as 24 late in the first half. New York battered Boston beyond the arc in the first half, connecting on 9-of-10 triples as part of a 68-point outburst. Anthony and Hardaway combined for 36 first-half points on 13-of-20 shooting as the Knicks shot 60.5 percent from the floor overall before the intermission.
Highlight of the night
Kris Humphries, no stranger to a highlight-worthy block in recent games, came up with maybe his top swat of the season by denying a Hardaway dunk attempt early in the third quarter. Hardaway appeared to be streaking to the rim when Humphries came from the side to block the attempt. GIF below courtesy of @MrTrpleDouble10.
What it means
The Celtics (22-43) have now lost two straight and will remain tied for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. Boston takes Thursday off before hosting the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. A two-game road trip looms after with visits to New Orleans and Dallas. Boston is 0-13 so far this season on the road against Western Conference opponents and needs a win on the trip to break up the season shutout.