Anthony-Garnett Clash Ends in Arena Basement After Loss

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics took their on-court battle into the bowels of Madison Square Garden after last night’s National Basketball Association game.

Video posted on the Comcast New England website shows Anthony, in a coat and red knit hat, waiting near the Celtics’ team bus after Boston’s 102-96 victory.

The Knicks’ All-Star forward had clashed on court with Garnett during the game, and ESPN cited two people with knowledge of the situation saying police and Garden security were called into the arena’s tunnel afterward.

The NBA is investigating the situation, Stu Jackson, the league’s executive in charge of discipline, said in an e-mail.

Officer Markowski in the New York Police Department’s public-information office said in a telephone interview today that she was unaware of the confrontation. She declined to provide her first name citing NYPD policy. An e-mail to the department seeking comment on the case wasn’t immediately returned.

The 30-second video posted on Comcast shows Anthony, 28, waiting outside the Celtics team bus, as Knicks coach Mike Woodson speaks with him. This came after Anthony followed the Celtics to their locker room following the game and yelled at Garnett, according to ESPN.

Woodson declined to comment on the altercation after the game and Anthony didn’t speak with reporters, ESPN said.

The post-game confrontation was a continuation of physical play from the fourth quarter, when both All-Stars were issued technical fouls after trading elbows under the Celtics’ basket. The two also exchanged words following the play.

Celtics Streak

The Celtics got 23 points from Paul Pierce and 19 from Garnett as they won their third straight game.

Boston evened its record at 17-17 while playing without Rajon Rondo, an All-Star point guard who received a one-game ban from the NBA for making contact with a referee two days ago.

J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 24 points, while Anthony had 20 on 6-of-26 shooting.

New York, which leads the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with a 23-11 record, was limited to 41 percent shooting and had a two-game winning streak snapped.

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