Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Boston overwhelms Knicks in Game 5 to extend series
Kevin Garnett pulled off one of his big games as he had 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Boston Celtics to beat New York Knicks, 92-86, in the best-of-seven first round series in the Eastern Conference.
The series will be shifted back to Boston in Game 6 as the Celtics can tie it after losing the first three games. Garnett displayed power and aggression as he also added five assists to be the hinge of the team in extending the series. Garnett is not too old to dominate once again by controlling the boards first to portray an all-around performance.
Paul Pierce added 16 points while Brandon Bass had 17 points to compliment the dominance of Garnett. Jeff Green had 18 points also while Jason Terry scored 17 points coming off from the bench. A balance offensive attacks by the Celtics while the defense was too tough for Carmelo to score only 22 points.
Aside from Carmelo, Raymond Felton had 21 points and six assists while JR Smith had 14 points. Though Tyson Chandler grabbed 11 rebounds, his defense on Garnett was missing especially in the second half. Iman Shumpert added 12 points and six rebounds for the Knicks to keep the game close.
What a miss opportunity for the Knicks who were supposed to close out the series at home. They will have to suffer the turmoil of playing in Boston in Game 6.
The game was filled with defense and that the Celtics prevailed in that arena. Coach Doc Rivers made sure that Anthony would not get his 30's.