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                     === Garnett, Celts hold off Knicks ===
 
 New  York, NY  (Sports Network) - Despite facing elimination and giving up the
 first  11 points  Wednesday night, the Celtics weren't fazed at Madison Square
 Garden.
 
 Instead,  the veteran leadership of Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Kevin Garnett
 helped  to  pull  the  Celtics  through to  extend  their  Eastern  Conference
 quarterfinal series for another night.
 
 They're halfway to making history.
 
 Garnett  had  16 points  and 18  rebounds, and  the Celtics  beat the New York
 Knicks, 92-86, in Game 5.
 
 Terry  went 5-of-9  from  beyond the  arc  and ended  with  17 points.  Pierce
 finished with 16. Jeff Green hit a couple of big 3-pointers late in the fourth
 quarter and tallied 18 points, while Brandon Bass scored 17 for the Celtics.
 
 Boston,  which trails  the best-of-seven  set, 3-2,  has a  giant mountain  to
 climb.  No team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven NBA
 playoff series.
 
 "It's  definitely on  us still," Boston coach Doc Rivers said of the pressure.
 "It's  another Game 7 for us. That's the way we've been viewing it. It's still
 a  ton  of pressure on  us. We  have to be  really good defensively. I thought
 tonight we were."
 
 The Celtics, though, could look to another intense Boston-New York rivalry for
 inspiration.  The Red  Sox of  2004 made  history by  coming back  from a  3-0
 deficit  to beat  the New  York Yankees  in the  American League  Championship
 Series.
 
 J.R. Smith, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, struggled in his return to the
 New  York lineup  with 14 points on 3-of-14 shooting. Smith, who was suspended
 for  Game  4 for throwing an  elbow at Terry,  said he would have been playing
 golf  if he'd have  played in the fourth contest because the Knicks would have
 swept  the  series. Instead,  they'll make  another trip to  Boston for Game 6
 Friday night.
 
 "Nobody  said it's going to be easy, but now it's a series," Knicks coach Mike
 Woodson said.
 
 Carmelo Anthony went 8-of-24 from the field for 22 points, but missed all five
 of  his 3-point shots, part of a 5-of-22 performance for the Knicks. They shot
 39.5 percent overall.
 
 "Offensively  we were searching. Our defense was pretty solid. We have to find
 offense somewhere," Woodson said.
 
 Smith  missed  his first 10 shots  before sinking three 3-pointers late in the
 final  quarter, the  second of  which  got the  hosts within  88-83 with  1:05
 remaining.
 
 Garnett, though, used a pump fake to get Tyson Chandler in the air and drained
 a  shot  from beyond  the foul  line with  48.3 seconds  remaining to seal the
 outcome.
 
 There  was  a tense  moment at the  end when Boston's  Jordan Crawford and New
 York's Raymond Felton exchanged words near midcourt.
 
 The  seventh-seeded  Celtics made half  of their  22 3-point tries and drained
 all 17 of their free throws.
 
 Anthony's driving dunk extended the Knicks to an 11-0 lead 4:13 into the game,
 but  the  Celtics didn't waver  and closed within two  later in the period and
 were within 22-20 after 12 minutes.
 
 Anthony had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the opening quarter, but struggled
 to a 1-of-7 effort in the second.
 
 Kenyon  Martin picked  up his third personal foul when he raked Garnett across
 the  face while Garnett went up for a shot in the lane. Still, the Knicks went
 up as many as six at 32-26 later in the quarter.
 
 Pierce's  3-pointer midway through the second pushed the Celtics ahead for the
 first time at 34-33, and Boston's lead expanded to 45-39 at the half thanks to
 Terry's step-back 3-pointer from the right corner in the closing minute.
 
 Boston's largest lead of the third came in the final minute when Terry drained
 a left wing 3-ball for a 69-60 cushion going into the fourth.
 
 "I  kept telling them  left it fly, don't hesitate," Rivers said of his team's
 3-point  shooting. "This is the first game we had complete trust and found the
 open guy."
 
 The  visiting bench  exploded in jubilation when Green drove in for a 1-handed
 slam and a 75-60 lead with 9:05 remaining.
 
 Green  drained a pair of 3-balls within a span off less than a minute later in
 the fourth to create an 88-76 lead.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Only  four times  in major pro sports history  has a team come back from a 3-0
 deficit  to  win a  best-of-seven  series,  most  recently  in 2010  when  the
 Philadelphia Flyers downed the Boston Bruins. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and
 the  1975  New York Islanders also  did it in  the NHL ... Garnett has 17-plus
 rebounds in the last three games ... Felton had 21 points and Iman Shumpert 12
 for  the Knicks, who  also got 11 rebounds from Chandler ... The last time the
 Knicks  won  a playoff series was  the Eastern Conference semifinals after the
 1999-2000  season.  They fell to  the Indiana  Pacers in the Conference Finals
 that year.
 
 
 05/01 22:37:55 ET