The Celtics  improved to 22-13 on St. Patrick’s Day with a 109-97 win over the Knicks on Wednesday in Boston.
Powered by 29 points from Paul Pierce , the Celtics led by as many as 27 in the third quarter. Kevin Garnett  was right behind Pierce with 22 points and Marquis Daniels  added 10 off the bench. Kendrick Perkins  pulled down 12 rebounds while Rajon Rondo  dished as many assists.
Davis Lee led the Knicks with 29 points. Former Celtics Bill Walker  and J.R. Giddens 8 and 4, respectively.
Player of the Game: Paul Pierce scored 16 of his 29 points in the third quarter alone. It was Pierce’s highest game total since scoring 35 against the Hawks on January 29. He finished the night shooting 11-for-17 FG, 3-for-6 3PG, and 4-for-5 FT.
Turning Point: The Celtics accumulated a double-digit lead six minutes into the game. They led 35-19 after the first quarter, and that was with Pierce going scoreless in just 1:51 (he was sidelined with two fouls).
– The Celtics first five field goals came in the paint. They outscored the Knicks 56-44 in the paint overall.
– The last time Kendrick Perkins grabbed more than 10 rebounds was February 18 against the Lakers (14). It is only the second time since the All-Star Break that he has reached double-digits in boards.
– J.R. Giddens played his first game since undergoing knee surgery six weeks ago. It was his first game in a Knicks uniform and the first time he played at TD Garden since January 18 (as a member of the Celtics).
– Nate Robinson  scored 8 points in 21 minutes against his former team.
– The Celtics improved to 12-2 in the Atlantic Division. They are now 7-1 at home on Wednesdays.