Former Kansas Jayhawks great Paul Pierce lead the Boston Celtics to an 97-90 win over New York on Sunday afternoon, staving off elimination.
The Knicks were looking to keep pace with Miami, who was set to eliminate Milwaukee later on in the day. Instead, the teams will battle once again on Wednesday night in New York.
Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the game. Jeff Green added 26 points and six rebounds. New York was paced by Carmelo Anthony who totaled 36 points. Raymond Felton assisted with 27 points.
Boston got off to a great start, jumping on the Knicks in the early going. The Celtics held a five point lead after the first quarter at 22-17. From there the lead grew to 19 at half-time. Early on in the third quarter, the momentum stayed with the Celtics, as they built a 20-point advantage. Then things changed drastically as New York rallied. Anthony and Felton keyed a strong run in the third quarter, that saw New York cut the lead down to three heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, the Celtics continued to fight off the quick Knicks until the end, when New York forced an extra period. Boston, suddenly gained the momentum back in the overtime as Jason Terry keyed a late burst. The teams meet again on Wednesday as Pierce and the Celtics look to fight off elimination once again.