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Celtics Don't Get Any Rest but Hold Off Knicks, 96-87

November 10, 1987|Associated Press

NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics starters were ready for a leisurely fourth quarter on the bench after building a 25-point lead over the New York Knicks after three quarters Monday night.

But they soon returned as the winless Knicks shot 59% from the field in the fourth quarter and mounted a rally that got them as close as seven points before the undefeated Celtics settled for a 96-87 win.

"We started playing like it was garbage time, only the Knicks didn't know it," Celtic Coach K.C. Jones said. "They started hitting some shots and we got sloppy, so they got back in it. We never really got it back together."

Danny Ainge scored 21 points and Robert Parish had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who held off the Knicks before 19,591 fans at Madison Square Garden, the third sellout in 19 home-opening games.

The Celtics (3-0) outscored the Knicks (0-3), 13-2, at the start of the second half and led, 67-42, with 7:30 left in the third quarter. The Knicks, who shot 39% in the first half and missed 7 of their first 8 shots in the third quarter, appeared incapable of mounting a rally.

Larry Bird, who scored 75 points in Boston's first two victories, had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists, but was only 5 for 18 from the field.

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