Celtics re­cover to win af­ter late Knicks surge

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK | Isa­iah Thomas scored 27 points, Mar­cus Smart made a tiebreak­ing 3-pointer with 47 sec­onds left af­ter Bos­ton blew a late lead, and the Celtics beat the New York Knicks 119-114 on Sun­day.

The Knicks wiped out a late nine­point deficit with an out-of-nowhere 11-2 run in a lit­tle more than a minute, but Smart an­swered with his shot and Avery Bradley and Al Hor­ford made big de­fen­sive plays af­ter­ward.

Jae Crow­der and Kelly Olynyk each had 16 points for the Celtics, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Carmelo An­thony scored 29 points and Der­rick Rose had 25 for the Knicks, who fell to 22-29 in their NBA-record 51 Christ­mas ap­pear­ances.

The Knicks led for much of the first half be­fore Crow­der made three straight 3-point­ers as Bos­ton surged into the lead en route to a 56-48 half­time ad­van­tage. The Celtics rarely built the lead much big­ger in the sec­ond half, but also never let the Knicks make much of a dent in it, al­ways com­ing up with some stops and points when­ever it got within a cou­ple of pos­ses­sions.

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