Knicks take game one over Celtics, 85-78

Knicks take game one over Celtics, 85-78
April 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
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NEW YORK — For three quarters of play, the Boston Celtics took every shot New York threw at them, and managed to fight back.

But down the stretch, too many Boston mistakes proved to be too difficult a hurdle for the Celtics to overcome as the Knicks rallied in the fourth quarter for a 85-78 win.

New York now leads the best-of-seven series 1-0 with Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

Carmelo Anthony put on a dominate display offensively, scoring a game-high 36 points which is not all that surprising when you consider he is the league's newly crowned scoring champion.

Boston was led by Jeff Green's 26 points while Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley had decent games scoring 21 and 15 points, respectively.

The Celtics' downfall began in the third quarter when they were up 70-63 and Paul Pierce took a quick 3-pointer and missed.

That triggered a 4-0 spurt by the Knicks to close out the third and that set into motion a 5-0 start to the fourth that put the Knicks up 72-70, a lead they would not relinquish.

Boston scored the game's first four points, but soon found itself on the short end of a New York scoring binge with Anthony leading the charge.

Anthony didn't waste any time showcasing his knack for knocking down shots, making his first four shot as the Knicks jumped out to a 12-6 lead.

Boston would not fall behind any further than that in the quarter, as they climbed back into the game and took a 29-26 going into the second quarter following a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Green to end the first.

Still a relatively close game, the game's momentum began to swing in the Celtics' favor because Boston got back to doing what the C's are known for doing - playing solid defense and getting timely contributions offensively from unexpected sources.

In Game 1 it was Bradley whose 11 points in the first half was complimented by a strong game from Green.

As hot has Anthony was to start, it was Green's 20-point first half that carried the C's with Pierce in more of a playmaker mode (six assists at the half) while Garnett focused more on anchoring a Celtics defensive unit that limited the Knicks to just 16 points in the paint in the first half.

Boston's defense along with Bradley and Green's strong scoring gave the Celtics a 53-49 lead at the half.