|Jeff Green, PF 43 MIN | 5-8 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | 0
Somewhat passively offensively during the first three quarters, but boy did he come up big when it counted, drilling back-to-back corner 3’s to put this game away. Helped out nicely defensively against Melo as well. 42 minutes is a tall task, but Green saved his best work for late, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the 4th quarter.
|Brandon Bass, PF 40 MIN | 6-7 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +3
The defense, as it’s been all series, was stellar. Brandon Bass kept the Celtics in this game though when they fell down 11-0 right out of the gate. This could have turned into a 20-point blowout. Instead, Bass took advantage of his offensive opportunities, scored 11 points in the first quarter and the rest of the gang took over from there. Banner night for Mr. Bass.
|Paul Pierce, SF 44 MIN | 6-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +8
Too much hero ball in the first quarter, but after that? The Captain smartened up, starting hitting the 3-point shoot and started making MSG fans sweat like the good old days. It wasn’t pretty at times (5 turnovers) but The Truth as always was the man running the show. He deserves credit to for helping keep Smith and Melo at bay on the defensive end.
|Kevin Garnett, C 39 MIN | 5-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 18 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +2
A season-high 18 rebounds. His third straight game of 17+ rebounds. Stopping a 7-0 Knicks run late in the fourth quarter with a clutch shot in the lane. Never retire KG. Please.
|Avery Bradley, PG 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -1
Raymond Felton had his way with him, but then again he had his way with the entire Celtics roster tonight. Still not hitting the wide-open jumpers enough to keep the Knicks defense honest. Luckily, he has a chance to come back and redeem himself in Game 6, because the C’s will need his young legs.
|Terrence Williams, SG 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5
At long last, Terrence gets the sole nod over both Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee. He provided a nice stabilizing force out there, didn’t turn the ball over in 17 minutes, while giving C’s a nice threat to go to the rim a couple times. Just needs to work on that 3-ball a little bit. I don’t think he hit rim in any of his three attempts from deep.
|Jason Terry, SG 35 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +13
You hit five 3-pointers and turn the ball over zero times on the road, you get an A. Plain and simple. This is the guy the Celtics thought they were getting this offseason. He delivered tonight.
|Jordan Crawford, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Fanning old flames won’t help the Celtics win this series Jordan. Keep your big mouth shut.
Rode it out with the veterans. Played the right wildcard in Terrence Williams, even after a subpar effort in Game 4. Hard to argue with that. Now, we wait to see if the C’s veterans can sustain it on a relatively short one day of rest before Game 6.
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