In the middle of a battle with the Atlantic Division-leading New York Knicks, no Rajon Rondo was the last thing on the Boston Celtics' minds.
The Celtics manned up in the absence of their star point guard and took things to the New York Knicks Monday night, winning their third-straight 102-96.
Boston held Carmelo Anthony to his worst game of the season, as the Knicks' star needed 25 shots to score 20 points, shooting 25 percent from the field.
With Rondo serving a one-game suspension, different players had to step up. Avery Bradley man-handled any defensive assignment he saw and chipped in 13 points and five assists on 6-of-11 shooting. Jeff Green finally woke up and posted 16 points and six rebounds off the bench. Jared Sullinger had 10 points and five boards, while finishing with a game-high +9.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett brought their best games as well, scoring 23 and 19, respectively.
Without their assist-generating machine running the offense, the Celtics still managed...