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Knicks Vs. Celtics: New York Tries To Leapfrog Boston In Eastern Conference Standings

The New York Knicks will be trying to string consecutive victories together for the first time in almost three weeks Sunday, as they visit the Boston Celtics in a Eastern Conference Atlantic Division contest at the TD Garden (1 p.m. on ABC). The Knicks (18-18) have traded wins and losses in their last five games since having their Jeremy Lin-led, seven-game winning streak end, Feb. 17, while the Celtics (18-17) are shooting for their fourth straight victory.

Both teams are basically neck and neck in the Eastern Conference standings, which features New York in eighth place, the last playoff spot, and Boston in seventh, just a half game ahead.


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On Wednesday, the Knicks overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to down the Cleveland Cavaliers, 120-103. Lin had a bounce-back performance with 19 points and 13 assists.

Meanwhile, the Celtics will be trying to take the lead in this season series, which featured New York winning the opener, 106-104, on Christmas Day, and Boston earning a 91-89 win on Feb. 3.

On Friday, behind 27 points from Paul Pierce the Celtics beat the New Jersey Nets, 107-94.

Boston enters Sunday's match up as 1 1/2-point favorites.

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