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            === Celtics prevail in OT, force Game 5 in New York ===
 
 Boston, MA (Sports Network) - After being pushed around by the New York Knicks
 in  the first three games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, the
 Boston Celtics showed some fight.
 
 Jason  Terry  scored Boston's final nine  points of overtime, beginning with a
 tie-breaking  3-pointer with 1:32 left, and the Celtics staved off elimination
 with  a  hard-earned 97-90  Game 4  decision over  the Knicks  at a raucous TD
 Garden.
 
 Terry  finished with 18 points, with Paul Pierce putting up a team-best 29 and
 Jeff Green adding 26 to help Boston force a Game 5 that will be held Wednesday
 at  Madison Square Garden.  Kevin Garnett did his part as well by pulling down
 17 rebounds and recording nine of his 13 points in the second half and OT.
 
 "This  is a big one for us, obviously, but we've got to come up with the exact
 same  aggression, the  exact same thought of mind," said Green. "We've just to
 play every possession, every defensive possession, like it's our last. We have
 nothing to lose, everything's on them."
 
 Playing  without NBA  Sixth Man  of  the Year  J.R. Smith,  suspended for  the
 contest  after  being assessed with a  flagrant elbow of Terry during Friday's
 90-76 New York victory in Game 3, the Knicks struggled to a 34.4 percent field
 goal  percentage.  New York  still managed to  overcome a 20-point second-half
 deficit  and send the game into extra minutes behind a dominant third quarter,
 during which Raymond Felton dropped in 16 of his 27 points.
 
 "I'm  not  using that  as an excuse,"  said Knicks head  coach Mike Woodson of
 Smith's  absence. "We  had enough tonight. I thought our guys competed and did
 what they were supposed to do, to get back in the game and give us a chance at
 the end to win it.  But we didn't make the plays coming down the home stretch,
 they did."
 
 Carmelo  Anthony topped the Knicks with 36 points, but went just 10-of-35 from
 the  floor  and 0-for-7 from  3-point range.  Iman Shumpert compiled a double-
 double of 12 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
 
 Terry  put Boston  ahead to stay when  his pull-up trey in transition broke an
 88-88  deadlock, and  after  Anthony scored  on the  other  end, knocked  down
 another  critical  jumper from 12-feet  to restore  the 3-point lead with 50.4
 seconds  left.
 
 "That's what he does," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said of Terry. "He's made
 so  many big shots in his career. That's a shot, that transition three, that's
 something he works on all the time."
 
 Anthony  misfired  again  on  New  York's  next  trip  down  the  court,  this
 time  from  beyond the  arc while  well defended,  and Terry  made a pair from
 the  foul line  after being fouled while attempting to retrieve the rebound to
 seal the win with 20.4 seconds on the final clock.
 
 The Celtics appeared to be in full control after a Green 3-pointer just over 2
 1/2  minutes into the  second half made the score 59-39 in Boston's favor, but
 he  along  with Garnett  and fellow big  man Brandon Bass  all picked up their
 fourth foul before the third quarter was halfway through.
 
 With Felton's torrid shooting leading the way, the Knicks capitalized.
 
 He  and Anthony  fueled a 12-2 surge  that trimmed the lead to 61-51 with 5:10
 to  go in the  third quarter, and Felton accounted for 11 points during a 14-3
 run  later on, creating a one-possession game. Consecutive treys from Shumpert
 and Felton finished out New York's strong period and left Boston clinging to a
 68-65 edge entering the fourth.
 
 The  Knicks  drew even  when Shumpert followed  Kenyon Martin's driving basket
 with  a  steal of Pierce and  subsequent layup to  forge a 74-74 tie with 7:16
 remaining,  but a  Garnett jumper  and  two free  throws from  Green sent  the
 Celtics back in front just over a minute later.
 
 Boston  was up 82-77  with a little over four minutes to play, before Shumpert
 buried a clutch 3-pointer from the corner and Anthony drove and scored to knot
 the contest once more.
 
 Felton  gave New  York its  first lead  of the  day by  dribbling off  a Tyson
 Chandler  pick and  sinking an 18-footer for an 84-82score, but Garnett calmly
 drained the equalizer from the left wing on the ensuing possession. Boston had
 one  last chance  to prevail in regulation, but Pierce's contested jumper from
 just inside the arc fell short.
 
 Boston  failed  to eclipse 78 points  in each of  the first three games of the
 series, but it was the Knicks who were plagued by offensive problems early on.
 
 New  York went without  a field goal for a stretch of more than six minutes in
 the  opening  quarter,  going  0-for-8  from the  floor  and  committing  five
 turnovers  during  the sequence.  The drought  enabled Boston  to build a 14-5
 lead  midway through  the period on the  strength of a 9-0 run in which Pierce
 netted five points.
 
 "We just couldn't make shots," said Martin. "We did a lot of other things well
 I think, but we just couldn't make shots."
 
 The  Knicks did cut the deficit down to 22-17 at the quarter's end following a
 3-point  play from  Anthony, but continued to  miss shots at the outset of the
 second  as the Celtics  pushed the margin to 14 via another 9-0 spurt to begin
 the frame.
 
 Anthony  scored the  initial six points of  a 9-2 flurry that brought New York
 within  35-28 with  five minutes left in  the half, but the Knicks fell behind
 further soon afterward while bogging down on the offensive end once again.
 
 Back-to-back  baskets  in the paint  from Pierce  and Green restored a double-
 digit  advantage for  Boston, and the Celtics took a commanding 54-35 into the
 break  after closing the  second quarter on a 12-3 tear, highlighted by a pair
 of  Pierce triples  and Terry's successful jumper with just 1.1 seconds on the
 clock.
 
 New  York finished the half with a troublesome 28.9 shooting percentage and 13
 turnovers,  with Anthony going just 3-of-15 from the field while attempting to
 single-handedly carry the scoring load.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Anthony ended 16-of-20 from the foul line and set a new Knicks' playoff record
 for  free  throw attempts, breaking Latrell  Sprewell's mark of 19 set against
 Atlanta  in  Game 2 of  the 1999 Eastern  Conference semifinals ... The Knicks
 finished  just 7-of-30 on 3-point tries, though Felton went 4-of-9 from beyond
 the  arc ...  New York outrebounded the  Celtics by a 54-40 margin, with 16 of
 those boards coming on the offensive end.
 
 04/28 18:12:55 ET