Print and Go Back ESPN.com: New York Knicks [Print without images]

Friday, December 13, 2013
Halftime Report: Celtics 54, Knicks 48

By Ian Begley

This sequel looks familiar: For a while in the first half, it looked like the Knicks picked up right where they left off on Sunday against the Celts. Which is to say they were pretty awful.

New York trailed by as many as 17 in the first half. At one point, they allowed Boston to score 14 straight.

But thanks to Carmelo Anthony (20 points), the Knicks were able to claw back late in the second quarter and cut the deficit to a more manageable six points at the half.

Anthony spurred a 20-9 run to end the second quarter.

No answer for Sully: New York struggled mightily on the interior. Mike Woodson's club allowed Celtics big man Jared Sullinger to abuse them to the tune of 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting. The Knicks, and Andrea Bargnani in particular, weren't able to slow Sullinger down. The second-year big got to the line seven times and hit all of his free throws. He also had game-high six rebounds.

Next to nothing from the backcourt: If the first half on Friday is any indication, the Knicks could use someone like Kyle Lowry to boost their backcourt.

Pablo Prigioni and Iman Shumpert combined for just two points on 0-for-6 shooting in 30 minutes. You're not going to win many basketball games when your backcourt gives you next to nothing on offense.

Prigioni did have three assists. New York was outscored by nine though in Shumpert's 12 first-half minutes.

You can follow Ian Begley on Twitter.