The Boston Celtics broke out the brooms in Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon against the New York Knicks, something they have not done since sweeping the Indiana Pacers in three games back in 1992, with the original Big Three.
Now, the Celtics await their next playoff opponent, and while it’s likely they’ll be facing the Miami Heat, they’ll have extra time to prepare.
The Philadelphia 76ers avoided a sweep of their own, beating the Heat in Game 4, 86-82, to extend that series just a wee bit longer.
That’s fine with the Celtics, who will use the time to rest, relax and get their game face on.
While finishing off the Knicks, the Celtics did let their guard down, allowing the Knicks to close to within four after jumping out to a 70-48 lead midway through the third quarter.
However, Kevin Garnett (26 points, 10 rebounds) rallied the troops, scoring 20 of his points in the second half.
“I thought we dropped the guard a little bit,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “Give them credit, I thought they played desperate and you could see it in their play and their defensive energy.”
Despite that energy, the Celtics closed on a 17-9 run, earning two days off and at least a week before their showdown with the Heat.
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