Rajon Rondo turned in a triple-double performance but the Celtics shot the ball poorly in an 89-86 loss to the New York Knicks Thursday night at TD Garden.
Rondo’s 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists were not enough to overcome his team’s 41 percent shooting from the field. To their credit, the Celtics came out with some of the same kind of energy they displayed in a 102-96 win over the Knicks on Jan. 7. Unlike in that game, however, the Celtics did not shoot 53 percent from the floor. On Thursday night the Celtics shot 38 percent from the field in the first quarter. Paul Pierce was 2 of 7. He had two key turnovers down the stretch that cost the Celtics a chance to pull closer in the game’s final minutes.