Knicks take series lead after great defensive effort in fourth quarter.
Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points as the New York Knicks opened up a 1-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics with their 85-78 win.
The Knicks outscored their rivals 18-8 in the fourth quarter, as Boston were held to just 3-for-8 in the final period against a sterling defensive effort.
J.R. Smith had 15 points off the bench, while Raymond Felton had 13 points and six assists. There were also solid efforts from Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, as the Knicks ground out the victory in front of a noisy MSG crowd.
Kidd was instrumental in the final 12 minutes, leading the way with several steals to recover possession and help the Knicks close the game out. In contrast, Tyson Chandler was disappointing, but appeared to be feeling the effects of an injury.
Jeff Green led the way for the Celtics with 26 points, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to steal a precious win on the road. Paul Pierce added 21 points, while Avery Bradley chipped in with 15.
Boston will have another chance on Tuesday night in Game 2 at the Garden.