The Celtics played without All-Star Paul Pierce, who missed his
first game of the preseason because of a strained left hip.
Richardson's jumper snapped a 94-all tie with 6½ minutes to go
and New York led the rest of the way. Boston was within two with
under 4 minutes to play before Richardson scored and fed David Lee
for a basket on consecutive possessions to make it 105-99 with 2:56
Lee finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Knicks trailed by 12 points early in the second quarter
before a 25-10 surge, sparked by Crawford's outside shooting and
first-round pick Renaldo Balkman's energy, gave them a 53-50 lead
with 2:01 left in the half. New York led 58-56 at halftime.
Balkman took a hard fall with 6:25 left in the second period,
landing on the back of his head after Szczerbiak fouled him to
prevent a fast-break dunk. But he shook it off and made one of the
Boston's Sebastian Telfair scored 14 points, all in the first
half. The former high school star in Brooklyn and cousin of Knicks
guard Stephon Marbury didn't play in the second half because he was