The Boston Celtics knocked off the New York Knicks, 115-111, in overtime behind point guard Rajon Rondo's triple double.
Rondo finished with 18 points, 17 rebounds, 20 assists - a league high this season - in the impressive victory over the Knicks. Rondo has been a source of trade rumors in the weeks leading up to the NBA trade deadline, but showed Sunday why he is the most valuable player on Boston.
In addition to Rondo's strong performance, Paul Pierce put up a year best 34 points and the front-court tandem of Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass contributed a combined 36 points and 13 rebounds. Sunday's win over the Knicks is the Celtics' fourth straight win since the NBA All-Star game and has helped propel the team into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference if the season ended today.
In the losing effort, the Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony's 25 points, while Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Jeremy Lin had 14 points on 6 for 16 from the field. The loss drops the Knicks to 18-19 on the season and showed that New York still hasn't worked out all of the kinks since adding Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Baron Davis to the rotation.
Next up for the Celtics is a home game against the Houston Rockets, while the Knicks travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks on Tuesday night.