J. R. Smith
The Celtics need a pick-me-up after losing the opening two games of their first-round playoff series against the Knicks. The city of Boston could use one, too, after a traumatic two weeks of bombings and manhunts and grieving.
Jeremy Lin had 28 points and a career-high 14 assists, Steve Novak made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and the New York Knicks ended the Dallas Mavericks’ six-game winning streak with a 104-97 victory Sunday.
J.R. Smith lifted the Nuggets to a 104-96 victory over the struggling and short-handed Mavs on Wednesday night.