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The Celtics led 53-50 at halftime, shooting 54 percent from the field and getting 15 points from Pierce and 12 from Allen. Garnett took only one shot and had six points at halftime, but grabbed five rebounds and blocked four shots, sending one of Chandler's attempts a few rows behind the baseline in the first quarter.
With the Celtics leading by two in the third, Chandler nailed a 3-pointer, then hit a jumper before being fouled by Garnett behind the arc and making all three free throws for a 66-60 lead with 6:39 left in the third quarter. The lead reached 11 on a long 3-pointer by Harrington, and the Knicks were ahead 78-68 heading to the fourth after outscoring Boston 28-15.
Notes: Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said center Eddy Curry, out all season with a knee injury, could play for the first time this season on a four-game Western Conference road trip that begins Tuesday. ... Garnett appeared to land gingerly after throwing a behind-the-back pass to set up a dunk late in the third quarter. He had his leg wrapped below his right knee early in the fourth before returning with just under 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
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