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December 9, 2013

Celtics top Knicks in biggest rout of season

NEW YORK (AP) — Another sizzling start for the Celtics, only this time they kept pouring it on.

By the time they were finished, they had battered the New York Knicks in the most lopsided NBA game this season.

Jordan Crawford made six 3-pointers and scored 23 points, and Boston won its third straight with a 114-73 victory yesterday.

Jared Sullinger added 21 for the Celtics, who jumped to leads of 12-0, 18-1 and 25-3 and improved their Atlantic Division-leading record to 10-12.

“It was just fun to get a win like that in here because I’ve been on the other side of it a couple times. It’s good to get a win against the division,” Crawford said.

Boston scored the first 14 points Friday in a victory over Denver, though that one eventually got close.

Not this time.

The Celtics led 58-31 at halftime, then Crawford made four 3-pointers in a 34-point third quarter that extended Boston’s lead to 92-56. The Celtics then scored the first four points of the fourth for a 40-point bulge, triggering loud boos that would get louder at the final buzzer.

“I think the biggest thing today was coming out after halftime and keeping it going. That’s hard to do,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Boston led by as much as 45 and went on to surpass a 38-point victory by the Clippers over Chicago that had been the NBA’s biggest victory this season. The Celtics shot 54 percent overall and 56 percent from 3-point range in the rematch of the Knicks’ first-round playoff victory last season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks, who had done to them what they had done to their previous two opponents. Coming off a 30-point victory over Brooklyn and a 38-point rout of Orlando, the Knicks finished with season lows in points and field goal percentage (34.2).

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