"Nobody's going to come in here and push us around," said Tim Thomas, whose first-quarter showdown with Paul Pierce drew a double-technical foul. "We all want to go out there and compete, but when you start coming out of your character, then it's another story."
TECHNICAL KNOCKOUTJamal Crawford led the Knicks with 21 points, including a dunk set up by a pass to himself off the backboard. It was the second time in two weeks he has used the play, which he admitted could have drawn the ire of his opponent.
Knicks show mean streakFinally, the Knicks, who lost by 34 points to Boston in their home opener, had enough sand kicked in their faces. With Boston's Tony Allen on the free-throw line with 9:38 left in the first quarter, Celtic sixth man Ricky Davis yapped from the bench, repeatedly screaming at Jamal Crawford, "Garbage, you're garbage," and yelping, "It's going to be over early."
Stephon Marbury, standing alongside the lane, turned around and shouted back at Davis, "Sit your (butt) back down where it belongs on the bench" while Davis continued his harangue. The officials blew the whistle and called double technicals on Marbury and Davis.
The win, arguably the Knicks' most impressive victory of the season, improved their record to 29-37 heading into their four-game West Coast trip that begins tomorrow in Seattle. Crawford finished with 21 points while the Knicks bench and Thomas' tough-guy tactics were also huge factors.
Ready for more"Nobody is going to come in there and push us around," Thomas said. "The first layup they scored they started talking. Guys that shouldn't be opening their mouths were talking."
"Hopefully, we feel pretty good right now, because when we go on the road, we're going to have to be a lot better than we were at home," coach Herb Williams said.
The Knicks led by as many as 20 in the second quarter; Boston got it down to single digits in the third quarter at 70-61. But Trevor Ariza's dunk, Crawford's three, Malik Rose's finger roll and Williams' layup in the quarter's final minute gave the Knicks a 17-point advantage heading into the fourth. The Celtics never got closer than 15 and trailed by as many as 26.
Well if you noticed the knicks D has been alot better. And Nazr was one of the worst defenders on the team. horrible rotations, and hes not a shotblocker at all. thats why he earned the nickname "freeway" from the beloved RashidiTurkish Delight said:I don't get it, the Knicks trade away Nazr and they start to play a lot better.