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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Celtics 114, Knicks 73

By Ian Begley

If Carmelo Anthony truly is recruiting Rajon Rondo to come to New York, he put together an awful pitch on Sunday afternoon.

Anthony's New York Knicks looked like the last team any free agent would be interested in joining on Sunday. They lost in embarrassing fashion to a Boston Celtics team without Rondo, 114-73.

The Knicks had won two straight prior to Sunday's debacle. But any goodwill gained from those two Ws was lost against Boston.

New York fell behind by scores of 12-0, 25-3 and 32-7 -- and that was in the first quarter. The Knicks trailed by as many as 45.

With the loss, the Knicks fell to 5-14. That's the second-worst record in the NBA.

Certainly not what owner James Dolan had in mind when he said he expected the Knicks to win a title this season.

The Celtics (10-12) have won three in a row and are in first place in the Atlantic Division.

Rondo has yet to play for them this season. Anthony's high school coach told USA Today earlier this week that Melo was recruiting Rondo, a potential free agent, to come to the Knicks.

Offensive performance: The Knicks looked like they'd rather be watching football on Sunday.

They shot just 34 percent from the floor.

The starting five shot a combined 9-for-41.

Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Andrea Bargnani shot a combined 1-for-19. Shumpert and Felton went scoreless, missing six shots apiece.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points, but they were outscored by 40 points during his 32 minutes on the floor.

By the way, the Knicks are still winless in their orange uniforms.

Defense? Disastrous: The Knicks did nothing right on defense against Boston.

They allowed six Celtics to score in double figures.

Boston's starting five outscored New York's, 89-29.

The Celtics hit 56 percent of their 3-pointers.

Jordan Crawford led Boston with 23 points. He hit 8 of his 14 3-point attempts.

What's next: The Knicks visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

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