New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Jordan Crawford fired 23 points while five teammates scored in double figures as the Boston Celtics waxed hot early en route to a 114-73 rout of the New York Knicks Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Crawford buried six of 12 attempts from beyond the arc and issued seven assists, Jared Sullinger added 21 points as the Celtics recorded the most lopsided win of the season by far.
With their third straight win, the Celtics (10-12) are in first place in the Atlantic Division.
Brandon Bass and Jeff Green contributed 16 points each while Courtney Lee scored 10 points of the bench for the Celtics, who shot an outstanding 39-for-72 percent or 54.2 percent from the field, including 14 shots from beyond the arc.
The Celtics led by many as 45 and surpassed a 103-86 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 29 as their biggest victory of the season.
Boston dominated the shaded lane, grabbing 46 rebounds compared to just 26 by the Knicks. They also had 42 points in the paint while the Knicks had 22.
Carmelo Anthony had 19 points but he made just five of 15 shots while the rest of the New York starters combined for just 10 points, with rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. scoring eight for the Knicks, who shot 25-for-73 from the floor for 34.2 percent.
Amar’e Stoudemire scored 17 points while Metta World Peace added 12 for the Knicks, whose two-game winning streak ended with the embarrassing loss.
With the loss, the Knicks dropped to 5-14, the second-worst record in the NBA behind the Milwaukee Bucks (4-16).
Sullinger scored seven points as the Celtics opened the first period with a 20-3 run and later extended it to 32-7.
In the fourth, the Celtics extended their lead to 111-66 after five straight points by MarShon Brooks.