Knicks 101, Celtics 95: NY ends 10-game losing streak versus lifeless Boston

BOSTON -- If you needed a snapshot from Friday's game that summed up the night for the Boston Celtics it came with about five minutes to play in the fourth quarter when reserve guard Marcus Thornton drove to the hoop and went up for a right-handed layup, only for the ball to get stuck between the side of the rim and the glass.

Yes, little seemed to go Boston's way on this night. Not that the often-lifeless Celtics did much to change their fortunes. They endured painful lulls during Friday's game and offered little resistance as the New York Knicks snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 101-95 triumph at TD Garden.

Jeff Green provided some of the only fire as he tried to single-handedly will the Celtics back into a game that they trailed by as much as 15 in the fourth quarter. Green helped Boston surge within five in the final minute, but it was too little, too late. He finished with 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting with six rebounds and two assists over 38 minutes.

Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 22 points for the Knicks, who got 20 more from Amar'e Stoudemire. Tim Hardaway Jr. (16 points) and Jason Smith (12 points) helped off the Knicks' bench.

Trainer's room: The Celtics were already short-handed with starting shooting guard Avery Bradley ill and rookie James Young sidelined with a right shoulder injury. Fellow rookie Marcus Smart departed in the second quarter with a strained left Achilles. The Knicks lost one of their starters when Iman Shumpert dislocated his left shoulder later in the second frame.

Scoreless Sullinger: Celtics third-year big man Jared Sullinger is mired in a three-game funk. Coming off a pair of quiet five-point efforts as Boston dropped two in a row on the road, Sullinger went scoreless Friday night against the Knicks. He missed all six shots he took and finished with four rebounds over 21 minutes. He was minus-9 in plus/minus.

Loose balls: The Celtics ran with an 11-man rotation, but Gerald Wallace played only a first-quarter shift in which he tried to help slow Anthony, while Smart played less than four minutes before departing with the foot injury. ... Thornton provided a third-quarter spark and finished with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. ... Tyler Zeller added 19 points for Boston on 9-of-14 shooting. ... The Knicks shot 49.4 percent overall; Boston finished at 43.5 percent.

What it means: Boston has lost three straight while falling to 7-14 overall. The Knicks improve to 5-20 while winning only their second road game of the season. The Celtics will get a couple days of practice before trekking to Philadelphia on Monday night.