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In this past week, including last Sunday's game against the Knicks, the Celtics went 2-2 with both wins against the Knicks, and two losses to the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.
New York Knicks, Game 1:
This was easily the best game of the Celtics season. The Celtics destroyed the Knicks by 41 points, which is the biggest deficit between two teams this season. It was utter demolition... Boston didn't show any mercy and the final score reflected that. The game ended with the Celtics winning 114-73. Jordan Crawford was lights out in this game and ended with 23 points, 7 assists, and 6 three pointers. Jared Sullinger also had a big game with 21 points, shooting 2-3 from downtown. The Knicks only positive performer was Amare Stoudemire who came off the bench for 17 points and 2 rebounds on 5-7 shooting.
In this game, the Nets defeated the Celtics 104-96. Deron Williams proved too much for the Celtics as he poured in 25 points and 7 assists. Avery Bradley led Boston with 22 points and 2 steals. This game weakened the Celtics hold on the Atlantic Division, and now the Raptors are behind the Celtics by just one game, and the Nets are right behind the Raptors. The Celtics should not feel as comfortable as the Atlantic Division leader as they did before.
Los Angeles Clippers:
In Doc Rivers' return to Boston, he led his Clippers to a 96-88 victory. Chris Paul led the way, flirting with a triple double with a stat-line of 22 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds. Jeff Green went off for 29 points, and Jordan Crawford poured in another 20. The downfall of the Celtics is they could not convert inside, only scoring 24 points in the paint. Unfortunately, for the Celtics they could not convert on their outside attempts either, only making 6-17 (35%) of their three point attempts. The Clippers simply outplayed the Celtics, and Doc Rivers got a bittersweet victory in his return to the Garden.
New York Knicks, Game 2:
This game was a lot closer than the one earlier in week. Instead of winning by 41, the Celtics won by a narrow margin of four. Jared Sullinger led the Celtics with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Courtney Lee came off the bench to score 18 and the Celtics had an overall strong team effort. The Celtics shot relatively poorly though, shooting 48% from the field, 33% from behind the arc, and worst of all 68% from the charity stripe. Luckily the Knicks are terrible, and the Celtics got the win even when shooting so poorly.