Knicks blow out free-falling Celtics
NEW YORK — The New York Knicks got revenge for their worst loss of the season from the Boston Celtics by romping over their Atlantic Division rivals, 114-88, on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Boston defeated the Knicks by 41 points, 114-73, on Dec. 8 in Boston. Since then, the Celtics (15-32) are 5-20, including 1-6 in their last seven.
The Knicks (18-27) evened their eight-game homestand at 3-3. New York hosts Cleveland on Thursday and Miami on Saturday.
It marked just the fourth time this season the Knicks defeated an opponent by at least 20 points.
Forward Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points, despite sitting out the fourth quarter of the blowout. Center Tyson Chandler scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season, and shooting guard J.R. Smith added 17 points.
Power forward Jeremy Tyler recorded a career-high 17 points for New York.
The Knicks had 26 assists on 44 shots made. Point guard Raymond Felton dished out eight assists, all in the first half.
Small forward Jeff Green led Boston with 14 points.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson rested his starters in the fourth quarter as the Knicks took an 86-59 lead into the fourth quarter.
Woodson’s team used the long ball and some unselfish play to grab a commanding 63-37 halftime lead. New York sank 6 of 12 of its 3-point shots while recording 19 assists — eight from Felton — on 24 shots made.
The Knicks used a 14-0 run on the way to a 31-15 first-quarter lead. Boston led 6-5 before Anthony dropped in eight of his 11 first-quarter points in the burst. The Celtics shot just 31.6 percent from the floor, settling mostly on jump shots.
Notes: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo averaged 6.6 points and 5.8 assists in his first five games after returning from a torn ACL. ... Boston began the night ranked 27th in the league in points per game (94.7), 25th in field-goal percentage (.437) and 28th in 3-point percentage (.326). ... In his last previous games, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony averaged 35.4 points and 10.6 rebounds. ... Knicks forward Kenyon Martin returned from a five-game absence caused by a sprained ankle. ... New York forward Metta World Peace was back in uniform after missing 18 games with a sore left knee. ... Guard Jerryd Bayless was back in the Celtics’ lineup after missing five games with a sprained left big toe. ... Prior to Tuesday’s games, Knicks guard Tim Hardaway led all rookies in 3-point percentage at .407. ... The Knicks have used all 13 eligible players just twice this season