The Boston Celtics couldn’t have scripted things better for their playoff game on Tuesday night against the New York Knicks at the TD Garden. Knicks’ point guard Chauncey Billups was out, power forward Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t play in the second half, and the boys in green were poised for an easy win.
Carmelo Anthony had a little something to say about it, however.
The Celtics eked out a 96-93 victory over the Knicks, needing a key basket by Kevin Garnett with 14 seconds left and then a turnover by Knicks guard Jared Jeffries with four ticks on the clock to seal the deal.
Anthony poured in 42 points, collected 17 rebounds and dished out six assists, giving him a playoff game against the Celtics on a par with the likes of Walt Frazier and Bernard King. Still, it wasn’t enough at the end.
After Garnett’s jump hook in the lane over Jeffries put the Celtics up by one, Anthony had the ball in the final seconds, but was double-teamed by Paul Pierce and Glen Davis. Anthony dished to Jeffries down front.
Jeffries attempted a pass to Bill Walker, however Garnett deflected the pass and came up with the possession, sealing the fate of the Knicks.
Now down 2-0 and heading back to New York for an Easter weekend special, the Knicks are unsure of Billups’ status for Game 3, and with Stoudemire hurting as well, Easter may not be a bright holiday in New York.
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