Linsanity in the fourth quarter.
Rondomania in overtime.
had his second triple-double in three games, finishing with 18 points,
20 assists and a career-high 17 rebounds, the Celtics ruined Harvard
grad Jeremy Lin's return to Boston with a 115-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
played a part in every Celtics point in overtime, collecting five
points, five rebounds and two assists in the extra period.
"I know we're all in this together, but it's great when he takes over
like that," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He's the smartest point
guard I've ever been around. He's a brilliant player like that."
Paul Pierce scored 34, including a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in regulation. Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Ray Allen
gave the Celtics the lead for good with a 3-pointer to make it 108-105,
then followed it with a fast-break layup -- both on assists from Rondo.
Rondo also had two baskets in overtime, and he even made the pass to Brandon Bass before he was sent to the line for two free throws.
It was Rondo's fourth triple-double this season and the 17th of his career.
to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to record a triple-double
with at least 17 in each category was Magic Johnson, who had 24 points,
17 assists and 17 rebounds on April 18, 1989. The last player to exceed
Rondo's performance in each category was Wilt Chamberlain, who had 22
points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists on Feb. 2, 1968.
Rondo we like to see, playing with all that energy," Pierce said. "He
got the guys the ball in open spots; he did everything for us tonight.
He rebounded, he passed, he got the clutch rebound there in overtime and
got the layup. That's the Rondo I like to see."
Lin picked up two
fouls in the first three minutes and struggled to 14 points in 32
minutes. He had five assists, four rebounds and six turnovers while
shooting 6 for 16 from the floor.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 for the Knicks, six of them in the final 100 seconds of regulation as they twice took the lead. Amare Stoudemire had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 boards, but New York still fell a game below .500 and 1½ games behind Boston in the Eastern Conference.
"It was a big win for us," Rondo said. "We're trying to get a little separation."
Celtics and Knicks entered with 18 wins each. Boston now leads the
season series 2-1, with one game remaining in New York on April 17.
"The biggest thing is they were getting confidence," Rivers said. "I didn't want that to grow against us."
undrafted point guard from Harvard who was released by Golden State and
then languished on the Knicks bench, Lin led New York to seven straight
wins after finally cracking the rotation last month to give birth to
the Linsanity phenomenon.
He had one stretch at the end of regulation to remind his fans in Boston what the fuss is all about.
led 94-89 with 3:35 left in the fourth quarter when Lin sank the second
of two free throws, stole the ball and took it in for a layup and then
hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one point.
Anthony took it
from there, making the next three Knicks baskets and giving them a
101-100 lead with 36 seconds left. Pierce missed one attempt at a
game-winner, but after Steve Novak made a pair of free throws the Celtics captain sank a long, off-balance 3-pointer to tie it at 103.
don't know if that's execution. That's having a horseshoe up your
rear," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "That's what Paul Pierce does,
though. We hit a hard shot ... then Paul hits one. He hit a dagger."
Anthony missed at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Once there, Rondo took over.
found Allen on the wing for a 3-pointer that gave Boston a 108-105 lead
and, after Lin's driving layup bounced around and off the rim, Rondo
wound up with the ball on the fast break and dropped it to Allen for the
Lin's last trip to play the Celtics, on Feb. 3, he scored
just two points in under seven minutes. The next night, he came off the
bench to score 25 points against the New Jersey Nets. He has been in the starting lineup ever since, sparking a seven-game winning streak that rejuvenated the Knicks.
The phenomenon has been felt back in Cambridge, too.
president Drew Gilpin Faust met with Lin before the game, and Crimson
coach Tommy Amaker was also at the game one day after the Crimson beat
Cornell to clinch at least a share of the Ivy League title.
rest of the crowd greeted Lin rudely in the first quarter, but two fouls
in the first three minutes seemed to eliminate the chance that it would
be another big game.
"Obviously, Boston is a great defensive
team," Lin said. "I didn't have a great one today. I didn't have a great
one here last time. Maybe it's the arena. I don't know. ... I was a
little more comfortable but still not to where I want to get to."
scored 15 points in the third quarter when the Celtics went on a 19-2
run to turn a five-point deficit into a double-digit lead.
Allen and J.R. Smith
picked up matching technicals after jawing under the basket early in
the fourth quarter. ... Bass rolled his left ankle in the third quarter
and went to have it taped. He returned. ... Jeff Green,
who is out this year after surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, sat on
the Celtics bench in street clothes. ... Doc Rivers spent Saturday
night watching his son Austin play for Duke against North Carolina in
Durham, N.C. ... The Knicks shot 62 percent (13 for 21) in the second
quarter while holding the Celtics to 8-for-22 shooting.