Boston, MA (Sporting Alert) — Carmelo Anthony has knocked down 13 points in the first half and the New York Knicks take a 50-48 lead over the Boston Celtics at half-time in their NBA clash at TD Garden.
Boston forward Paul Pierce leads all scorers on 6-for-12 shooting from the field.
Anthony, who struggled with his shots, has shot 4-for-13 from the flooring, including 0-2 from 3-point range for New York.
He has so far pulled down seven rebounds, including five at the defensive end.
Amar’e Stoudemire has so far contributed 11 points and seven boards from the bench, while Iman Shumpert, who has 10 points, hit 2-for-2 from three-point range and is 4-of-5 from the field.
The Boston Celtics are shooting 40-percent from the field, while the New York Knicks are at 38-percent.
The Celtics have scored 32 points in the paint in the opening 24 minutes, which is twice as many as the Knicks’ 16.
New York Knicks 50 at Boston Celtics 48
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 24, 2013
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials: #27 Dick Bavetta, #17 Joe Crawford, #68 Marat Kogut