Jordan Crawford went for 23 points in just three quarters as the Celtics rolled over the Knicks, 114-73, this afternoon for their third straight victory and fourth in the last five games.

Crawford was able to sit out the final period as the Celts mopped up their easiest win of the season. Jared Sullinger added 21 points, and Jeff Green and Brandon Bass had 16 each.

Carmelo Anthony had 19 points for the Knicks, but he made just five of 15 shots from the floor. The rest of the New York starters combined for 10 points.

The Celts led by as many as 45, their greatest edge of the year, and the final spread surpassed the 17-point margin with which they defeated Cleveland on November 29 (103-86).

After beating Brooklyn by 30 and Orlando by 38 in their last two games, the Knicks never looked like they had a chance after the Celts led 12-0 and 18-1 to begin the day.


Jordan Crawford hit his first four 3-pointers in the third period as the Celtics continued to rip the Knicks. The visitors led by as many as 38 in the frame before settling for a 92-56 advantage entering the final quarter.

The period opened in a way that characterized what's been happening here. Carmelo Anthony (5-15 shooting through three quarters) began with a missed jumper, and the Celts replied with good ball movement leading to Jared Sullinger's pass to a backdoor cutting Avery Bradley for a dunk.

The C's actually improved on hot shooting, making 10 of 16 (62.5 percent) to get to 57.4 percent for the game.

All five Celt starters are already in double figures, with Bradley the lowest at 13 points.