|New York @ Boston|
|100 - 114|
Drawing the defender to him, West touch-passed the ball to Ricky Davis in the corner for the open 3-pointer. It was the key basket in a 9-0 overtime run that helped Boston beat New York 114-100 in the season opener and spoil Larry Brown's debut as Knicks coach.
''I guess it was good recognition on my part,'' West said Wednesday night. ''But it was an even better shot by Ricky.''
Davis scored nine of his 27 points in overtime, and Paul Pierce had 30 points and 12 rebounds for the defending Atlantic Division champions. West had 14 points to go with his career highs of nine rebounds, nine assists and four blocked shots.
''That's what makes Delonte a good player,'' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ''He does make a lot of little plays, the blocked shots, the loose balls, getting the deflections.''
Stephon Marbury scored 22 and Eddy Curry had 19 points and eight rebounds in his first game since learning of a heart problem that led to his trade to New York. Antonio Davis hit a short fade-away jumper with 2.6 seconds left in regulation to tie it 94-all.
Ricky Davis made a 10-footer to put Boston up 98-96 in overtime, then Mark Blount hit a pair of free throws to give him 19 points. West and Davis connected to make it 103-96 with 2:55 left.
''Stephon makes a great hustle play, and Ricky hits a 3-pointer,'' Brown said.
Pierce had just four points in the second half, and just one in the fourth quarter. He missed one of two free throws with 16 seconds left in regulation, leaving Boston up 94-92 before Antonio Davis ' jumper.
But Pierce snapped out of it in overtime, and Ricky Davis also came on late for Boston.
After Marbury was called for an offensive foul, Pierce leaned into Matt Barnes to draw a shooting foul and made both free throws. Next time down, Pierce put a 3-point attempt from the left side over the rim, where Davis grabbed it and shot it back in for a 98-94 lead.
Marbury scored from the lane, then Blount hit his free throws to make it 100-96. Boston then scored the next nine points.
''When we finished regulation, the emotions were high. But then we came unglued,'' said Curry, who was traded to New York in the offseason when the Chicago Bulls demanded he take a DNA test. ''It was a lot of buildup to this point. I wanted to get this first game over with and now I'm looking forward to playing my first in the (Madison Square) Garden.''
Curry hadn't played since March 28, two days before an irregular heartbeat put him on the Chicago Bulls ' bench for the last 13 games of the regular season and the playoffs. When one specialist suggested a DNA test to rule out a serious heart problem, Curry refused and he was traded to the Knicks.
The Knicks tied for last in the division and missed the playoffs for the third time in four years. That's when basketball boss Isiah Thomas went after Brown, the former Detroit coach who signed a four-year deal worth at least $8 million a year.
The Celtics went 45-37 last season to win the most tightly contested - and most mediocre - division in the NBA. They were eliminated in the first round by the Indiana Pacers in seven games.
The Knicks led by as many as six points in the first quarter and were ahead 39-31 midway through the second.
Notes: Pierce's 24 foul shots were a career high. ... Brown and Thomas are the only coach-GM Hall of Fame combo in the NBA. ... It was the first overtime in a Celtics opener since Nov. 4, 1988.