Celtics-Knicks Game 4 Superlatives

Celtics-Knicks Game 4 Superlatives
April 28, 2013, 5:45 pm
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BOSTON -- Here are some of the more memorable performances in Boston's 97-90 overtime win on Wednesday against New York in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series.

Kevin Garnett, Celtics: For the second straight game, Garnett hauled in 17 rebounds. But the boards in Game 4 had a much greater impact, if for no reason other than his teammates were able to make the most of his efforts with strong efforts of their own.

Carmelo Anthony, Knicks: While it took him 35 shots to score 36 points, Anthony continues to be the one player whose play has consistently been on a level better than anyone else on the floor. But for a change, the C's made him work a lot harder for his points.

Jeff Green, Celtics: It wasn't necessarily a dominant performance by Green, but his 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting was huge. His scoring, attacking Carmelo Anthony at times, helped take some of the scoring load off the Paul Pierce who still managed to score a team-high 29 points.

Avery Bradley, Celtics: Even as the Celtics modified their offense to take some pressure off of him, Bradley continues to struggle making shots as well as keeping Raymond Felton in front of him defensively.

Kenyon Martin, Knicks: Martin didn't necessarily have a bad game, but his impact in Game 4 was significantly less than it had been in the first three games, and was among the reasons for New York's loss.

Steve Novak, Knicks: The best shooter in this series, Novak continues to come up short for the Knicks. Even with a chance at more playing time due to J.R. Smith's one-game suspension, he had three points on 1-for-3 shooting while playing just over seven minutes.

Jason Terry, Celtics: The big talk finally resulted in some big results, with Terry scoring 18 points off the Celtics bench with nine coming in the decisive overtime period.

Key play: With the score tied at 88 in overtime, Jason Terry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:32 to play. He would go on to score the C's final six points in the Boston victory.

Looking ahead: Boston certainly saved face with Sunday's Game 4 win which allows them to avoid a series sweep. But there is no time to feel too good about the victory. They squandered a 20-point lead before getting it back in overtime. And they did it against a New York Knicks team that was playing without its second-best player, J.R. Smith. Beating New York in their own building will be a lot tougher on Wednesday night.

But for the C's, at least they have a chance, which is all they want at this point. What the Celtics are looking to do is unprecedented, as no team in NBA history has come back to win a series after falling behind 3-0. That can't be part of the C's thinking right now. The attitude going into Game 4 - play for the moment and nothing else - has to be present on Wednesday if they are to have any shot at extending this series.