Celtics Blow Out Lowly Knicks

Indiana beats Philly while Portland eeks out an OT victory at Atlanta
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 10:04 PM CST
New York Knicks' Quentin Richardson fouls Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce during the third quarter of NBA basketball action Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Both were eventually...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A 109-93 Boston win over the Knicks today is hardly a surprise, but how they did it was, as center Kendrick Perkins, who's never mistaken for Tim Duncan, had a career-high 24 points. Meanwhile, the game got testy late, with two ejections and New York coach Isiah Thomas becoming agitated after taunts by a Celtics player, reports the Post. Elsewhere:

  • Atlanta forced Portland's Travis Outlaw to shoot an outside jumper and paid for it as Outlaw won the game with 0.9 seconds left in overtime, 111-109. The loss overshadowed Joe Johnson's 37-point effort.
  • Kareem Rush and Mike Dunleavy scored 25 and 24 points respectively as Indiana moved into a tie for eighth in the East, beating Philly 110-103.