How the F did the Knicks so totally own the boards? Melo was a beast but there is no way a guy who might get 7 a night, gets 17, particularly when Amare doesn't play the 2nd half. The interior D was about non-existent. C's got very lucky tonight.
They got lucky? God dammit, people.
The Knicks shot 35.6% from the field, to the Celtics' 47.0%. The Knicks had 14 assists; the Celtics had 21. The Knicks had 4 fast-break points; the C's had 16. The Knicks had 34 points in the paint; the C's had 40. The Knicks had 13 turnovers; the C's had 10.
Point is, don't cherrypick one stat to effectively discount a hard-fought win. The Celtics dominated this game in many areas, controlling the pace for long stretches and making the Knicks a one-man team. The defense was great. I haven't the slightest clue where you get the idea the interior D was 'about non-existent'. What the hell were you watching? And if you don't believe your eyes, they - again - had less points in the paint than the Celtics, who didn't pound the Knicks by any means themselves. 'Melo was draining difficult jumpers left and right.
Were they bad on the boards? You bet. They don't rebound well. But they shot better, defended better, shared the ball more, and took care of ball better.
Oh, and somehow they 'got very lucky' once again in the final two minutes. Seems to happen a lot, huh? Couldn't be superior poise and execution, though, could it? The Celtics won this game; they didn't steal it. Fuck, if anything, the Knicks were the ones who almost 'got very lucky'. They shot eleven more free throws and dominated the offensive glass in a way even the Lakers usually don't. And they got an epic 42/17 from 'Melo. And still didn't win, despite - once again - having multiple chances to seal the deal in the final two minutes. You call it luck; I'll call it execution.