Celtics Rout Woeful Knicks, 115-94

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — The recently reshuffled Boston Celtics hadn’t practiced lately and it showed early in a Feb. 25 game against the New York Knicks.Midway through the third quarter, the Celtics got in sync and turned a six-point deficit into a 115-94 rout of the reeling Knicks.“We just kept rocking,” said Evan Turner, who had his first career triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. “We made a lot of great plays to start that fourth quarter as a team. We got the energy going.”Boston’s top three scorers were all picked up in trades over the past few months. Isaiah Thomas scored 19, hitting all 11 of his foul shots, and Jonas Jerebko had 20 points as both played their first home games as members of the Celtics. Jae Crowder, acquired from Dallas in the Rajon Rondo deal on Dec. 18, finished with 18 points.“We’ve got a lot of talented guys,” Thomas said. “Coach’s offensive system is freedom for everybody and he wants everybody to have confidence and attack.”Boston hit 14 3-pointers, including eight in the fourth quarter to put away the Knicks and extend New York’s losing streak to eight.Coach Brad Stevens said he’s still learning what he has with the recent additions, but was impressed with what Boston accomplished with a smaller lineup.“We’re just throwing darts,” Stevens said. “Like today — we found a lineup that nobody would ever thought would play together right in an NBA game.”The Celtics outscored the Knicks 35-22 in the final period and 77-45 in the second half.Andrea Bargnani led New York with 17 points. Lou Amundson, Jason Smith and Langston Galloway scored 14 points each for the Knicks.Amundson gave the Knicks a 68-62 edge midway through the third quarter, tying their largest lead of the game, then New York’s offense stalled and never recovered as the Celtics starting hitting from outside.“It was really those last couple minutes that got away from us,” coach Derek Fisher said.Boston scored the last nine points of the third quarter and first 11 of the fourth.The Celtics closed the third quarter on a 16-3 run, scoring the last nine points of the period and taking an 80-72 lead into the fourth. Smart opened the fourth with back-to-back 3-pointers and New York called timeout trailing 86-72.The delay did nothing to spark the Knicks or slow down the Celtics, who added another 3-pointer by Crowder and two free throws by Jerebko for a 91-72 lead.“We were going back and forth pretty much the whole third quarter and they had a few big shots down the stretch,” Galloway said. “They separated a little bit going into the fourth and they just kept it going and hitting a lot of big shots.”Amundson ended New York’s drought on a jumper with 9:03 left to play. It was the first points for the Knicks since Bargnani’s jumper with 2:59 left in the third put New York up for the last time at 72-71.(DOUG ALDEN)last_img read more

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BPA Ports to Reflect a No Deal Brexit Scenario

first_imgzoom The British Ports Association has published a new strategic report, which calls on the UK Government to deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge of ‘frictionless’ trade after Brexit.Following an agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the ports are calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both customs and regulatory recognition that allows both British and European businesses to get their goods across borders as quickly as possible.Although the report, titled ‘A Brexit Dividend’, outlines the potential opportunities for ports, the Association has warned that the direction of travel is increasingly heading towards a situation where border arrangements at ports will reflect a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.“A potential Brexit free trade deal will be welcomed by many in the sector but this is unlikely to cover border processes. In terms of border operations the impact of leaving the Customs Union and Single Market is now fast becoming a ‘no deal’ scenario for ports. Indeed this means that new border controls on UK-EU trade are likely to be unavoidable and that delays at certain ports and important trade gateways are a distinct possibility,” Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, said.The report sets out potential opportunities for ports post-Brexit on free ports, port connectivity, planning, the regulatory regime, and fisheries. The report sets out the industry’s position on other potential opportunities in a number of areas such as free ports, port connectivity, planning, the regulatory regime, and fisheries.“This report shows that there are substantial potential benefits to leaving the EU for our ports and wider maritime sector. However, in order to realise these benefits, we first need to get a deal that prevents delays and disruption at our ports,” David Dingle CBE, Maritime UK Chairman, said.“It is in both the UK and EU’s interest to get that deal. Failure to get that frictionless deal will not only see delays and disruption at ports like Dover, Holyhead and Portsmouth, but also in the EU at ports like Zeebrugge, Calais and Dublin.”last_img read more

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