With Carmelo Anthony playing like an MVP candidate, the New York Knicks look poised to end the Boston Celtics' run of five straight Atlantic Division titles.
Anthony and the division-leading Knicks play the visiting Celtics for the first time Monday night with both teams in search of a third straight win.
The Knicks' leading scorer put in 16 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter Saturday in a 114-106 victory at Orlando. New York (23-10) trailed by eight points entering the final period.
Anthony, who leads all Eastern Conference players with 29.3 points per game, heard MVP chants during the comeback win.
"I hear 'em," Anthony said. "It feels good, though. It just goes to show how much work I'm putting in, how much the team is putting in, we're winning games and that's the most important part."
While Boston (16-17) has set the standard in the Atlantic over the previous five seasons, New York is on top now with a 4 1/2-game lead over Br...