Rajon Rondo had a triple double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 24 assists, 4 shy of the franchise record held by Bob Cousy, as The Boston Celtics handed the New York Knicks their first loss of the season. Amar’e Stoudemire led the Knicks with 27 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks in the loss, while Wilson Chandler added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks off the bench. Rookie Landry Fields had his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Raymond Felton had 17 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Toney Douglas added 12 off the bench. Danilo Gallinari continued to struggle, going 0-6 from the field, finishing with 2 points.
The Boston Celtics dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Knicks 54-38. The Celtics were led by Paul Pierce, who had 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Boston’s other two starters, Shaquille O’Neal and Ray Allen were in double figures as well, with 10 and 12, respectively, while Glenn Davis came off the bench to score 16.
The Knicks have their home opener tonight at 7:30pm against the Portland Trailblazers.