DERRICK Rose showed the way as the New York Knicks used a strong fourth quarter to defeat the Celtics, 117-106, on Wednesday in Boston (Thursday, Manila time) to end a two-game slide.
The Knicks were up by a hairline, 97-96, with over seven minutes to play but scored eight unanswered points and went on to score their 19th win in 43 outings.
Rose had a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds as the Knicks got back on track after losses to Toronto and Atlanta, although it was only their second victory in the 11 games this year.
Willy Hernangomez came off the bench to score 17 points on 8 of 13 shooting, while starting forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas matched the output, making 6 of 12 field goal attempts.
Carmelo Anthony had 13 points on 5 of 14 shooting including 3 of 9 from the three-point line.
The Celtics saw their win streak end at three.
Isaiah Thomas scored 39 points on 12 of 25 shooting, while Jae Crowder added 21 for Boston, which absorbed its 16th loss in 42 games.