BOSTON, MA (Sporting Alert) — Carmelo Anthony recovered from a poor first half shooting to lead the New York Knicks to a narrow 89-86 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Thursday night.
Anthony, who was constantly booed on the night, after his confrontation with Kevin Garnett when these two teams last met, collected 28 points and nine rebounds, as the Knicks (26-14) bounced back from the 88-85 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.
Rajon Rondo paced the Boston Celtics with a triple double of 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the defeat.
Boston have now dropped its last five games, three of which have come at the Garden and head coach Doc Rivers was not a very happy man.
Captain Paul Pierce finished with 22 points and six boards, but Kevin Garnett struggled on the night and only had eight points.
He did, however, finished with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Amar’e Stoudemire had 15 points and nine rebounds for New York, who will next play back-to-back games against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday and Sunday.
New York 89, Boston 86
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 24, 2013
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials: #27 Dick Bavetta, #17 Joe Crawford, #68 Marat Kogut