Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 5/1/13
NEW YORK – Kevin Garnett is stepping up on both ends o carry the Boston Celtics to a 45-39 halftime lead over the New York Knicks in Game 5. The Celtics, down 3-1 in the series, got off to the type of deflating start that has become synonymous with the phrase “second half” over the past week. But Brandon Bass hit all four of his shots and played good defense on Carmelo Anthony to get the Celtics back on top. But a quick turnaround due to some transition buckets and sharp perimeter passing got the Celtics to within two points by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett dominated with variations of the pick and roll for seemingly the first time in the series. The Celtics “tightened up the screws” as Doc Rivers put it in his first quarter interview to close out the half, going on an 11-4 run  after a Knicks timeout with five minutes left in the half. Avery Bradley misses a few shots, but then went coast to coast to hit a nice finger roll in traffic.
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