Celtics-Knicks Game 6: How we got here

Celtics-Knicks Game 6: How we got here
May 3, 2013, 2:00 pm
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It was only one week ago the Celtics' season looked bleak, facing a three-game deficit to a Knicks team that had proved they could win at home and on the road in a commanding fashion.
 
Seven days later, the Celtics have not only avoided a sweep but are now riding the momentum of back-to-back wins that have sent the once-lopsided first-round series back to Boston for Game 6.
 
So how did the Celtics and Knicks get here? Take a look back at the series that began April 20 in Madison Square Garden and is very much alive May 3 at TD Garden.
 
Game 1: Knicks 85 – Celtics 78 in New York
The Celtics squandered a 70-67 third quarter lead by scoring a dismal eight points in the final 12 minutes to drop the opening game, setting the tone for the next three contests. The Knicks scored 21 points off 20 Celtics turnovers, while the C’s failed to shoot their way into a win, going 5-for-20 from the three-point line. Carmelo Anthony led all players with 36 points (13-29 FG, 4-6 3PG, 6-6 FT) and the Knicks bench (led by 15 from J.R. Smith) outscored the Celtics reserves, 33-4.
 
Game 2: Knicks 87 – Celtics 71 in New York
Rather than evening up the series at one apiece, the Celtics scored a total of 23 points in the entire second half. The duo of Anthony and Smith once again dominated the Knicks offense, combining for 53 points. The Celtics, on the other hand, struggled as a team. They shot 37.1 percent from the field and no player reached 20 points (Paul Pierce scored a team-high 18). Once again the C’s made five treys, this time on 19 attempts (26.3 percent).
 
Game 3: Knicks 90 – Celtics 76 in Boston
With the energy and support of the entire city behind them, the Celtics returned to the TD Garden and put on a lackluster performance. This time, their dropoff came in the second quarter where they scored just 13 points. The Celtics were unable to capitalize on a struggling shooting night by Anthony (26 points, 12-25 FG, 2-6 3PG, 0-0 FT) and failed to rally after Smith was ejected in the fourth for a Flagrant 2 foul on Jason Terry. They left their homecourt on the brink of elimination.
 
Game 4: Celtics 97 – Knicks 90 (OT) in Boston
About that Flagrant 2 foul … Smith was suspended for Game 4 and Terry was boiling over with extra motivation post-elbow. The Celtics came out swinging, going up by as many as 20 points. They fended off a Knicks comeback to avoid a sweep in overtime. The C’s countered Anthony’s game-high 36 points with 29 from Pierce, 26 from Jeff Green, and 18 from Terry. Kevin Garnett recorded a 17-rebound, 13-point double-double.

Game 5: Celtics 92 – Knicks 86 in New York
Talk of the Knicks wearing all black for a “Celtics funeral” began buzzing prior to Game 4, and the home team showed up dressed for what they thought would be the occasion before Game 5. Instead, the Celtics breathed life into the series with a collective team effort in which Garnett, Pierce, Green, Terry, and Brandon Bass all scored over 15 points (Garnett grabbed 18 boards). Anthony and Smith shot a combined 11-for-38 from the field, burying their plan of wrapping up the series in five games.