Boston Celtics defeat New York Knicks, 111-103

All you could say after this one was, thank God for the All-Star break.

Both teams played like they were already there.

In a full moon's worth of activity, the Celtics' 27-point, third-quarter lead was whittled to 7, and two players went down with injuries, but they managed to revive themselves in time to go into the break with a 111-103 victory over the Knicks. It was their fifth straight win, and they are an NBA-best 41-9, and utterly thrilled to have to wait until Tu...

At halftime of last night's 111-103 victory over the Knicks, Celtics coach Doc Rivers turned to Ray Allen and said, "You'll have to go to New Orleans with me." Allen isn't the emotional type, so he nodded. He was more upset about a bad pass that resulted in a turnover in the final minute of the first half.

The message was clear, however. Allen was going to the All-Star Game. He was named for the second straight year as a commissioner's replacement, this time taking the ...