Celtics avoid series sweep and force Game 5.
The Boston Celtics ensured that their opening round series against the New York Knicks didn’t end in a sweep, as they fought their way to a 97-90 win after overtime.
Paul Pierce scored 29 points as he helped Boston withstand a great comeback from the Knicks who rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit, only to lose out after regulation.
Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 36 points, but perhaps had his one of his worst shooting games as he missed 25-of-35 shots.
In the absence of J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton took on the responsibility of being the second scoring option, as a run of 16 points in the third quarter helped him end the game with 27 points.
Jason Terry was the hero for the Celtics though, as he scored nine of his 18 points in overtime to carry Boston to the win. Jeff Green added 26 points, as Boston now trail their rivals 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Game 5 will see the two teams return to New York on Wednesday, and it will be another must-win game for the Celtics.