action:article | category:SPORTS0201 | adString:SPORTS0201 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Basketball » Celtics/NBA

March 31. 2013 11:36PM

Knicks start fast, rip Celtics

NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and the New York Knicks used another hot start to extend their season-high winning streak to eight with a 108-89 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday .

The win at Madison Square Garden moved the Knicks into a virtual tie for the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the idle Indiana Pacers and gave them more momentum heading into their road matchup against the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

Chris Copeland added 22 points and Raymond Felton had 18 for the Knicks (46-26).

The Celtics (38-35), without center Kevin Garnett again, lost for the sixth time in their past eight games, but had won two straight. Jeff Green scored 27 points to lead Boston while Paul Pierce had 24.

and a season-high 15 rebounds.

The Knicks entered halftime with a double-digit lead for the sixth straight game, and punctuated their 65-48 with a mouth-dropping, crowd-pleasing buzzer-beater.



Felton nailed a 3-pointer from a little past halfcourt as the buzzer sounded, as the fans at the Garden gasped, then cheered and the Knicks point guard strutted after hitting the unlikely shot.



The shot capped an impressive half for Felton, who scored 12 at the break and shot 4 of 5 from the field, including 2 of 3 on his 3-pointers.



Green scored 10 points in the first quarter to keep the Celtics close, but New York went on a 22-8 run early in the second to build a 50-35 lead with 4:39 left before the half. Copeland scored nine points for the Knicks during the spurt, including back-to-back 3-pointers.



Anthony led the Knicks with 18 at the half while Green had 16 and Pierce 15 for the Celtics.



New York, which had watched 30-point leads reduced to single digits late in their last two wins, didn't allow the Celtics to get that close.



The Celtics opened the third quarter with a 14-8 run, fueled by a pair of 3-pointers by Pierce and five points from Green to close within 11, but New York expanded the lead again and entered the fourth quarter up 86-69.



The Knicks then finished the Celtics off in the final quarter as Garden fans began chanting their unflattering opinion of Boston to celebrate New York's third win over the Celtics in four games this season.





 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Goalie Danny Tirone to enroll at UNH for second semester after star's suspension for domestic violence

'Smoke' blows into New Hampshire with the law in his rear-view mirror

Man found unconscious at Winchester Speedpark Saturday

Too young to drive, but old enough for NHMS

Police examine speed, possible horseplay in golf cart fatality

Mass. man, 27, dies in golf cart accident at The Links at Outlook

Hanover's Sarah Groff competes in the women's triathlon final during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Hanover Olympian in spotlight at Las Vegas Super Sprint

FHL makes it official, team planned for Berlin will play in North Adams, Mass. instead

Can NH soccer star Charlie Davies make a comeback?

Inside NIKEs secret sports lab; born in Exeter, now located in Oregon.

Concord Monitor decries gender pay gap in professional tennis

FHL franchise slated for Berlin may go to North Adams, Mass. instead

Eagles' Kelly says he learned his offense by studying defense while at UNH

Former Concord area youth baseball coach sentenced to 30 more years in prison

Maine boxer Brandon Berry making Fight to Educate history

Hudson family, classmates working to keep Alvirne soccer standout Raul Stedile in U.S.

Israel unrest moves meet for NH swim star

Race date for Oxford 250 moved from July to Aug. 30 next year

NH's Groff a highlight for U.S. at ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final

Maine fighters Lamour, Berry on New Hampshire boxing card

Q&A with Matt Bonner as he weighs free agency

Keene State mum on suspension of veteran track coach

Morgan Andrews speaks: Notre Dame star undeterred by U.S. U-20 World Cup snub

Mo'ne Davis, and why no one should laugh at the idea of a woman in Major League Baseball

Curt Schilling says smokeless tobacco caused oral cancer

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!