Saturday, April 20, 2013

Anthony scores 36 for the Knicks to beat the Celtics 85-78 Game 1

Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, New York Knicks

Scoring champ Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 85-78 on Saturday in their playoff opener.

Anthony though he shot only 13 for 29 from the field he scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including consecutive baskets late in the period that finally gave the Knicks breathing room in a tight game.

Jeff Green scored 26 points and Paul Pierce added 21 for the Celtics, who badly missed injured point guard Rajon Rondo, committing 21 turnovers that led to 20 points. The Knicks got their hands on the ball at will in the fourth quarter, when Boston shot 3 of 11.

Kevin Garnett scored only 8 points and 9 rebounds for 4-12 from the field. Jason Terry missed all 5 shots off the bench.

Game 2 is Tuesday night before the Celtics host Game 3 on Friday in what will be their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings.

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