Knicks Fail to Close; Lose Game 1, 87-85

The New York Knicks fell to the Boston Celtics last night, 87-85, in a Game 1 thriller. The Knicks had a double-digit lead heading into halftime, but they could not withstand the Celtics’ run in the second half. The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle and both teams exchanged leads. Unfortunately, Chauncey Billups had to leave the game due to a leg injury and the Knicks had to rely on Toney Douglas to control the offense. The Knicks had a three  point lead late in the final minute after a Douglas three, but they failed to close out the game.

The Celtics scored on an easy inbounds play that resulted in a slam dunk by Kevin Garnett, and they forced the Knicks to commit several turnovers in crucial moments. After Doc Rivers called a time-out to set up the final play of the game, the Celtics players executed the sequence perfectly and Ray Allen hit the game winning three with 11 seconds remaining.

The Knicks did not have a time-out to call, so the players had to create a shot on their own. Carmelo Anthony threw up an ill-advised three and the Knicks lost the game 87-85.

Game 2 will be in Boston on Tuesday night, 7:00 P.M. EST on TNT.

Highlights of Game 1

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R25QqSDix74

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