Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/25/13
BOSTON -- Carmelo Anthony and his Knicks teammates didn't know what to expect from the Celtics crowd in the first game between the two teams since Anthony and Garnett had their little spat on Jan. 7 in New York. But what the New Yorkers DID know and always know is that Anthony has to score for the team to win. And that's what he did to lead the Knicks to an 89-86 win and send the Celtics to their fifth straight loss on Thursday night. "It was cool. It was cool," Anthony said after scoring 28 points and grabbing nine rebounds as the first-place Knicks avenged the loss in New York with their third win in the last four games. "We're on the road; to me, it just a matter of blocking everything out and really just locking in from a basketball standpoint and try not to even worry about the crowd and being on the road and things like that. "It was just a matter of doing what I had to do, doing what we had to do to win this game." Anthony was suspended for one game for trying to confront Garnett at the Boston bus after Garnett allegedly said something about Anthony's wife. That led to all kinds of speculation about what might happen Thursday night, and the NBA even sent in two high-powered refs to keep control of the game. It wasn't necessary. Anthony and Garnett bumped fists before the opening tap and Anthony even helped Garnett off the floor at one point in the intensely played game. "Because there's no grudges between myself and KG," Anthony said when asked why he helped his opponent up. "Whatever happened happened, it's over with. We spoke about that. It's over with. I don't hold grudges or anything like that. He fell, I helped him up. I don't have anything against a guy like that." Anthony, scoring more than 20 points for the 27th straight game, two shy of the club record, was 6 of 26 from the floor in the loss to Boston on Jan. 7. He wasn't exactly on fire in the rematch, when he finished 11 of 28. But he was the constant focus of the Boston defense, and his pass to an open J.R. Smith led to Smith, 2 of 15 from the floor to that point, draining a 3-pointer that proved to be the difference with 1:11 left. The win ended the Knicks' 13-game TD Garden losing streak dating to 2006. The New York victory came on a night that Boston's Rajon Rondo had his fourth triple-double of the season, the 27th of his career (counting playoffs). Rondo, who didn't play the first time the teams met because of a suspension, scored 10 points down the stretch and finished with 23, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. It wasn't enough as the Celtics slipped deeper into the abyss of this losing streak, a stretch that has come after a six-game winning streak. Boston is two games below .500. "It's frustrating to lose when you give effort because you've got to keep convincing your guys if you play that way every night, you're going to make more shots than that," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who has been questioning his team's effort. "And you're going to win a lot of games. But right now they're sitting there thinking, 'We lost.' So they know it. They know with that effort you're going to win most nights." Amar'e Stoudemire had 15 points, including a huge tip-in with 3:24 left, and nine rebounds off the New York bench. He said he expected the crowd to be a bit more hostile. As it was, it was tame, and there were plenty of Knicks fans. "It wasn't bad at all. I was thinking the crowd was going to be a little more rude," he said with a smile. "But it wasn't." The Celtics, behind Rondo, cut a 10-point lead to two and were down by two when Garnett (eight points, 12 rebounds) missed a jumper before Smith buried his trey. A couple of turnovers then sealed Boston's fate, the second by Paul Pierce, who failed to hit a field goal in the second half after scoring 19 first-half points. NOTES: Before the game, New York's Tyson Chandler (five points, all during a 7-0 run at the end of the third quarter), learned he will be a first-time All-Star. "Very thankful," he said. ... Pierce was 6 of 15 from the floor, 1 of 5 from 3-point range. In the last six games, he is 30 of 89 (34 percent) overall and 5 of 28 from 3-point range. ... If you don't think the NBA was concerned about this game, consider this: longtime refs Dick Bavetta and Joey Crawford both worked the matchup, which ended with a decent 23 fouls on each team. ... After Sunday night's loss in Detroit, Rivers threatened roster changes if the club didn't turn things around. Before Thursday's game, he said, "I think we have what we need in the locker room. I'm just not getting it out of them." ... The Knicks haven't won the Atlantic Division since 1993-94. Rivers played for that team. ... New York is at Philadelphia on Friday, and the Celtics are at Atlanta on Friday before the return of Ray Allen with the Heat on Sunday. ... Anthony has filed an appeal through the Players' Association attempting to regain the $176,000 he was docked for the one-game suspension in the Garnett affair. In honor of the Jan. 7 fun, green T-shirts reading "Carmelo Honey Nut Cheerios" were being sold for $25 outside. CSNNE tweeted, "Can't believe the Celtics confiscated everyone's Honey Nut Cheerios gear. Is it really that bad? People just having fun." ... Both teams wore "NBA Fit" warm-ups to kick off NBA Fit Live Healthy Week, to, in the words of Chandler, "Motivate fans of all ages to live healthier lives."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Adam Jones: Bengals dominated Steelers in playoff game

Robert Griffin III on QB battle: Only one of us runs 4.3

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

Five NFL teams set to underachieve in 2016

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker