The New York Knicks (23-11) were defeated last night at Madison Square Garden by the Boston Celtics (17-17) by a score of 102-96.

News came down earlier in the day Monday that Celltics Point Guard Rajon Rondo would not play (Suspended 1 game) for making contact with a game official, and refusing to cooperate with the league office. Even though this news swung greatly in the Knicks favor, with the Celtics in town all bets are off. Boston has won an absurd 19 of the last 23 matchups vs the Knicks, something Paul Pierce has a lot to do with. Pierce who seemed to be in foul trouble all night long, hit clutch shot after clutch shot, scoring 23 points (10-18 from the field) with 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Garnett also was a pest scoring 19 points and pulling in 10 rebounds.

Carmelo Anthony had a rare rough night, shooting 6 for 26 from the floor scoring 26 points, and stormed off the court post game. After his double technical with Kevin Garnett he only scored 3 points. The game became very physical in the fourth quarter something you should come to expect when these two teams meet up. All in all 4 technical fouls were called in the game (Prigioni, Melo, Pierce, Garnett). The game had 10 lead changes, and 13 ties.

Amar'e Stoudemire played a season high 27 minutes, scoring a seasons best 13 points. J.R. Smith continued to be a spark off the bench dropping 24 points on 7-18 shooting. The Knicks had the three point shot flowing in the first half, and it cooled off greatly in the second finishing 14-32 from downtown.

Overall the Knicks shot 41 percent from the field. Bottom line is you simply can not have 13 turnovers with the opponent shooting 53 percent from the floor, that is too hard to overcome for any team.

Notes:

This was the first matchup between the two teams this season.

Knicks are 6-9 when allowing 100 plus points this season.

Iman Shumpert has been cleared for full contact from his Torn ACL.

Next Game: 1/10 @ Indiana Pacers 8:00 PM MSG