Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and the New York Knicks held on after blowing most of a 26-point lead to beat the Boston Celtics 88-80 in Game 6 on Friday night and advance in the postseason for the first time since 2000.
“I would be upset, too, if I was her,’’ Anthony said. “She’s always getting thrown into the mix of the Boston Celtics series. I would be upset if I was her. She’s her own person at the end of the day.”
Outside of the cities that the respective teams represent, there is little that connects the 2004 Yankees and Red Sox to the 2013 Knicks and Celtics.
If this series goes seven games, watch out. There’s a good chance the Knicks would completely unravel under the pressure.
“Well, we was going to a funeral, but it looks like we got buried,” Smith said. “Basketball is a very humbling game.”
Knicks fans should have known better. I should have known better. We got sucked in to the great play of a maddeningly inconsistent team.
Jeff Green scored 18 points and the Boston Celtics stayed alive in the NBA playoffs, cutting the New York Knicks’ lead to 3-2 with a 92-86 victory Wednesday night.
The Knicks need to get focused on Wednesday night and put the Celtics out of their misery. There can’t be any more fooling around here. Take a double-digit first-half lead and hold it for the rest of the game.
Had Smith been available for Game 4, perhaps this series would already be over. “It would’ve been,” he said Tuesday. “I would’ve been playing golf today.”
The Knicks will try to end their best-of-seven series Wednesday night in front of New York’s fans — and Anthony is confident his team can get it done.
Knicks came back from down 20 to force overtime. It wasn’t enough as the Celtics took Game 4 as the series heads back to MSG.
Basketball aside, this will be the Celtics’ first home game since the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. Emotions will be flowing and the crowd will be as into a basketball game as can be imagined.
The Celtics return to the TD Garden on Friday night for their first game since the Boston Marathon bombings.
“He’s good. He’s good to go,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of Garnett during a conference call with reporters. “He’ll practice tomorrow, and he’ll play on Friday.”
Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith added 19, and the New York Knicks opened a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics with an 87-71 victory on Tuesday night.
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