When the New York Knicks finally returned to the playoffs two years ago, the Boston Celtics let them hang around for only four games.
Now Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks are on the verge of beating Boston, and they want to do it just as quickly.
Anthony scored 26 points and the Knicks moved to the brink of their first playoff series victory in 13 years, routing the Celtics 90-76 on Friday night in Game 3 of the first-round series.
''It feels good to be sitting in this seat, this situation, to be sitting in the driver's seat right now,'' Anthony said. ''So it's just a matter of us just doing what we've got to do Sunday. We want to close the deal, we want to seal the deal.''
Quickly taking the crowd out of it in the first NBA game here since the Boston Marathon bombings, the Knicks built a 16-point halftime lead and now can take out the Celtics.
''That first quarter on the road, you've got to make sure you take that first punch and we did that,'' Knicks veteran Jason Kidd said.