Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points to help the New York Knicks rally to an 85-78 win over the Boston Celtics and take a 1-0 lead in their National Basketball Association best-of-seven playoff series.
In the second Eastern Conference game today, the Brooklyn Nets host the Chicago Bulls.
The Knicks were down 70-63, with one minute, 20 seconds left in the third quarter after Paul Pierce’s 3-pointer at Madison Square Garden. New York then scored 18 points and held Boston to eight in the fourth quarter.
“We stayed with it,” Anthony said in a televised interview. “We knew we were making minor mistakes. We corrected them.”
J.R. Smith had 15 points and Raymond Felton added 13 for the Knicks.
Jeff Green led the Celtics with 26 points, followed by Pierce with 21 and Avery Bradley with 15.
Game 2 is April 23 in New York.