Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and nine rebounds while avoiding further clashes with Kevin Garnett as the New York Knicks beat the Celtics 89-86 to snap an 11-game losing streak in Boston.
J.R. Smith made a 3-pointer with one minute, 10 seconds remaining to put New York ahead 89-84 at TD Garden last night. The Knicks hung on for the win after Rajon Rondo completed the scoring for the Celtics with 39 seconds to play.
Anthony was suspended for one game by the National Basketball Association for confronting Garnett after Boston beat New York 102-96 on Jan. 7 at Madison Square Garden. Anthony was booed every time he got the ball in the first half last night, with a loud cheer greeting Garnett’s block of a layup by Anthony. At one point, Anthony extended a hand to help Garnett get to his feet.
The Knicks (26-14) remain atop the Eastern Conference’s five-team Atlantic Division, one game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets (26-16). The Celtics (20-22), are seven games back after losing five straight.
A’mare Stoudemire added 15 points for the Knicks, while Rondo had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for Boston. Paul Pierce contributed 22 points for the Celtics.