BOSTON — In the second quarter, New York's Tim Hardaway Jr. launched a 3-pointer that hit the rim, took a ridiculously high bounce and somehow managed to creep its way into the net.
All the Boston Celtics could do was collectively shake their hands at one of several - and I mean several - shots made by the Knicks as they pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 116-92 win.
Carmelo Anthony, who got the Knicks off to a great start with 13 points in the first quarter, finished with a game-high 34 points on 11-for-25 shooting.
New York opened the game with a 23-6 run and continued to steamroll over a Celtics (22-43) team that has now lost two in a row and eight of their last 11 games.
In the first half, Wednesday's loss had the makings of their previous battle in New York when the Knicks throttled the Celtics 114-88 on Jan. 28.
But all that changed in the third quarter when Jeff Green morphed into a dominant, non-stop scoring machine that he tends to become oh, once or twice a month.
He was hitting 3s.
He was driving through the lane for lay-ups.
Yeah, that was working, too.
And within minutes, the 24-point deficit Boston found itself in was trimmed to just 10 points going into the fourth, courtesy of Green scoring 17 of his team-high 27 points in the third.
However, rallying from such a huge deficit can take a lot out of a team, especially one that was playing its second game in as many nights in addition to being without their best player, Rajon Rondo (rest).
New York managed to keep its lead in double figures throughout the quarter with the Celtics unable to get any closer than 15 points for most of the quarter.
Meanwhile, New York (26-40) has now won five in a row although all five wins have come against teams currently not in the playoffs.