BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko, making their home debuts with their new team, both came off the bench and helped the Boston Celtics to a 115-94 victory over the hapless New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
The Celtics, who still have a shot at an Eastern Conference playoff berth despite a 22-33 record, used to 34-6 run during the second half of the third quarter and the first 4:15 of the fourth to walk away with the game while sending the Knicks to their seventh straight loss.
Thomas, a guard acquired from the Phoenix Suns, followed two 21-point performances on the road by scoring 19 points and adding seven assists and six rebounds. Jerebko, picked up from the Detroit Pistons, used his first serious Celtics playing time to score a season-high 20 points and grab five rebounds.
Celtics guard Evan Turner posted the first triple-double of his NBA career with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Jae Crowder, also coming off the bench, had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. Rookie guard Marcus Smart, also off the bench, had 16 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics, up by eight at the end of three quarters, went 6 of 8 from 3-point range in the first 7:05 of the finale. Smart opened the quarter with two and Crowder and Jerebko also nailed two. Boston finished the quarter with eight triples.
Forward Andrea Bargnani came off the bench to lead five Knicks in double figures with 17 points. Center Jason Smith had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Forward Gigi Datome, also acquired from Detroit in the Tayshaun Prince deal, made his Celtics debut in the fourth quarter. He didn’t score.
NOTES: Boston coach Brad Stevens, asked about former Celtics G Rajon Rondo and his incident with Dallas coach Rick Carlisle that led to a one-game suspension, didn’t comment on specifics but did agree with the theory that “things like that occasionally happen and you move on — and they’ll move on. He’s (Rondo) a bright guy, but he’s also accomplished a lot. He’s a proud guy. He’s smart. I anticipate he’ll play really well the next game. He just has a way of responding positively to things and I hope that for him.” … Knicks G Tim Hardaway Jr., who had started one of the previous 10 games, got the start Wednesday after averaging more than 30 minutes, 11.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in the last three games. … Stevens said F Kelly Olynyk, who missed his 15th straight game (ankle), should be back within the next week. … The Knicks are at Detroit and the Celtics host Charlotte on Friday.
Mavs suspend Rondo for one game
The Dallas Mavericks handed guard Rajon Rondo a one-game suspension on Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the team.
Rondo was to sit out the Mavericks’ game on Wednesday night in Atlanta against the Hawks, the Mavericks announced in a brief statement.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and Rondo engaged in a heated, profanity-filled argument over play calling with 8:10 left in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
Carlisle charged onto the American Airlines Center court during a timeout and barked at Rondo after he apparently ignored Carlisle’s play call. Rondo shouted back and the exchange continued during the timeout, with assistant coach Jamahl Mosley stepping between the two at one point.
Carlisle kept Rondo on the the bench for the final 20 minutes and the Mavericks rallied from a seven-point deficit for a 99-92 victory over the Raptors.
“It’s an emotional game and we had a difference of opinion,” Carlisle said Tuesday night. “There was an exchange, and then, in my mind, it was over.”
Rondo refused to answer questions about the incident after the game, telling reporters to discuss the situation with Carlisle.
NBA NOTES: Los Angeles Lakers guard Ronnie Price underwent surgery to remove bone spurs and bone chips from his right elbow. Price is expected to be out six to eight weeks, the team announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Price, who signed with the Lakers on Sept. 24, has appeared in 43 games (20 starts) this season, averaging 5.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 22.8 minutes. … The Detroit Pistons signed guard John Lucas III for the remainder of the season. Lucas had been playing on two consecutive 10-day contracts, and NBA rules dictate the Pistons must sign him for the rest of the season if they want to keep him on the roster. In eight games with the Pistons, he has averaged 5.0 points, 3.3 assists and 12.2 minutes.