Rajon Rondo torched the Knicks for much of Sunday afternoon’s season opener. The flashy point guard finished with 31 points, 13 assists, five steals and five rebounds.
But when crunch time came, the Knicks put forth a strong effort, limiting the guard to just two points in the fourth quarter. The Knicks outscored the Celtics, 27-17, in the fourth and came away with a 106-104 win.
Knicks point guard Toney Douglas didn’t think there was a big difference in the way Rondo was covered. ‘I don’t think there was a difference. It’s just that I was in foul trouble. [I picked up] a quick two,” said Douglas.
As for limiting Rondo, Douglas attributed it to his attention to detail. “[I] just locked in and stayed focused,” said Douglas.
“Melo, Amar’e and Tyson, we talk on defense,” said Douglas. “We had a great preseason. Defense is going to be the key. If we keep doing that, we’ll be fine every game.”
The Celtics shot 7-for-20 in the fourth and had five shots blocked.
Tyson Chandler didn’t have a strong night on the boards (3 rebounds), but he had six blocked shots. Amar’e Stoudemire had two blocks, while Carmelo Anthony and Jared Jeffries had one block each.