Celtics clobber the Knicks

01 February 2018 13:59:58 EST

The Boston Celtics had little trouble with the New York Knicks on Wednesday as the hosts rolled to a very comfortable 103-73 rout at the TD Garden in Boston.

Marcus Morris had a game-high 20 points for the Celtics, with Terry Rozier recording a triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as Boston eased by the Knicks for the third time this season.

The Celtics lead the Toronto Raptors in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference overall by 1.5 games and, with the Cleveland Cavaliers apparently in the process of imploding, represent the cream of the crop in the East.

The post-season in normally a different situation, but it is hard to see anyone other than the Celtics or the Raptors making the Finals out of the East this year.

Boston's three-game home stand continues on Friday with a visit from the Atlanta Hawks and is followed by the Portland Trail Blazers, before the Celtics head to Toronto to play the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre early next week.

Idle on Wednesday the Raptors return to the hardwood on Thursday when they play the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Center in the nation's capital.

The Wizards will be without star John Wall who is out for six-eight weeks after undergoing surgery.

It's a useful break for the visitors, who head home to Toronto on Friday to open a four-game home stand starting with the Trail Blazers.

The Memphis Grizzlies are the opponent on Sunday before attention turns to the Celtics.

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