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Recap - Celtics Defeat New York 96-86

The Celtics got a 24-point performance from Kevin Garnett, who added 11 rebounds as Boston ran past New York 96-86 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Bettors who backed the Celtics were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of 1.5 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 199.5.

Boston got 21 points from Paul Pierce and another 15 points from Ray Allen. Rajon Rondo contributed 12 assists, while Kevin Garnett cleaned the glass with 11 rebounds.

New York got 22 points from Carmelo Anthony in a losing cause and another 21 points from Chauncey Billups. Toney Douglas contributed 4 assists for the Knicks, while Amar'e Stoudemire had 11 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed New York were victorious, as the score was 51-37 at the break.

Boston won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 48-38.

Next game, Boston takes its act home to face Memphis looking for another win. For New York, they head home to face Orlando.