Celtics - Knicks superlatives: Game 5

Celtics - Knicks superlatives: Game 5
May 1, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Here are some of the more memorable performances in Boston's 92-86 win  on Wednesday against New York in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series.


Kevin Garnett, Celtics: The aging veteran delivered another game for the ages Wednesday night, scoring 16 points and grabbing a game-high 18 rebounds. In the last three games, Garnett has grabbed a total of 52 rebounds.

Brandon Bass, Celtics: The most unsung hero in this comeback story for the Celtics has to be Bass. In Game 4, it was his defense that shined brightly. In Game 5, he got it done at both ends of the floor by limiting Carmelo Anthony (22 points on 8-for-24 shooting) while dropping 17 points of his own on 6-for-7 shooting to go with five rebounds and three assists.

Jeff Green, Celtics: It was slow going in the early moments for Jeff Green, but he got it going when the C's needed him most - the fourth quarter. After scoring just eight points through the first three quarters, Green erupted for 10 in the fourth quarter which included a couple of buzzer-beating 3s that kept the Knicks' comeback hopes at bay.


J.R. Smith, Knicks: The man who said the Knicks would have been golfing had he been able to play in Game 4 (he was suspended for an elbow to Jason Terry's chin), was in triple-bogey mode on Wednesday night as his bold talk was backed up by a diddly squat performance that was more harmful than helpful to the Knicks' cause. He had 14 points, but missed 11 of his 14 shots.

Carmelo Anthony, Knicks: The best player in this series, Anthony wasn't even the best player on his team in Game 5. He had 22 points, but 12 of those came in the first quarter.

Kenyon Martin, Knicks: It seems the longer this series plays out, the more one comes to understand why Danny Ainge wasn't exactly beating down the door to make this guy a Celtic. He had two points and two rebounds in 13 minutes, with his most memorable act being a hard foul delivered to Kevin Garnett that did nothing but add to his foul troubles (he had five for the game) and fuel and already fired up Garnett.


Jason Terry, Celtics: All the talk - FINALLY - has been backed up by some big-time play in the last two games. The C's shortened the rotation significantly in Game 5 - just two players came off the bench - and the C's still managed to outscore the Knicks, 21-20, with Terry carry the bulk of that scoring with 17 points.

Key play:  Boston saw its double-digit lead trimmed to just five points with 1:05 to play. Coming out of a time-out, the Celtics got the ball into the hands of Kevin Garnett who raised up for a 20-footer that hit nothing but the bottom of the net to increase the C's lead. The Knicks were unable to get any closer in the game's closing seconds.

Looking ahead: The Knicks are still in good shape even with a pair of playoff losses. But there's no mistaking their confidence has been at the very least, shaken after blowing a second straight opportunity to close out the series. Meanwhile, the C's are sticking with their "it's a Game 7" mentality that has been part of what has catapulted this into at the very least, a much more interesting and entertaining series. By no means is it a given that the Celtics will win Game 6 at home and force a Game 7. But the calendar says the C's still have a game to be played, which is the only thing that matters to them right now.