Boston Celtics defeat New York Knicks, 109-97

BOSTON—Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett played their best game together in more than a month.

Coach Doc Rivers would be thrilled if they can dominate consistently once the playoffs arrive.

Pierce scored 29 points, Garnett had 22 and Boston cruised to its third straight lopsided victory at home, 109-97 over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

"They're going to have their ups and downs," Rivers said, "and then we're going to have nights like this, too. And I'm startin...

Rajon Rondo kept his composure as Kevin Garnett attempted to block his thought process in the Celtics’ locker room after a 109-97 win over the New York Knicks last night at TD Garden.

“I could have been more aggressive, but I try to get guys shots,’’ Rondo said after taking only three field goal attempts.

Then, after Garnett walked behind uttering a distracting line or two, Rondo remained on point: “We’re 2-0 when I take five or less shots — so keep passing the ball....

It’s difficult to gauge just how useful these blowouts against inferior teams are — beyond the value of a victory in the Celtics’ race for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics are now tied with the Hawks for that spot — and the right to avoid LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs. But whether last night’s 109-97 victory over the Knicks means the Celtics are actually improving their ball movement and defensive execution remai...