Celtics Drop Christmas Day Opener to Knicks at MSG, 106-104

By: Victor Olowojoba

The Boston Celtics opened the NBA season on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks and fell short 106-104. Captain Paul Pierce missed the game with a sore right heel and he was missed as the game came down to the last possession, something Pierce is familiar with.

The Knicks came out strong controlling much of the game until the second half when Boston made a strong comeback. The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony who had a game high 37 points and eight rebounds. Amar’e Stoudemire contributed with 21 points and six rebounds. New addition Tysomn Chandler contributed in other ways that did not show up in the stat sheet, controlling the paint for Knicks and altering numerous shots.

Rajon Rondo stepped up in Pierce’s absence, pouring in 31 points, 13 assists, five rebounds and five steals. New Celtic Brandon Bass chipped in with a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Marquis missed what was going to be a game winning three with four seconds left. Rondo secured the rebound and called a timeout giving the Celtics another chance to win the games. Kevin Garnett caught the inbound pass and missed a 16 foot jump shot in front of the Knick’s bench at the buzzer. Shortly after Garnett was seen choking former Celtic Bill Walker. No news has been given yet on whether Garnett will face a suspension

It doesn’t get any easier for the Celts as they head to Miami Tuesday night to face the Heat at 8 p.m.

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