Boston, MA (Sports Network) - After losing two straight times to the Boston
Celtics, the New York Knicks avoided a monumental collapse in Game 6 of their
Eastern Conference quarterfinal and ended a long drought of not winning a
The Knicks nearly blew a 26-point fourth quarter lead, but held on for a
88-80 triumph Friday at TD Garden.
Prior to this year, the Knicks had lost in the first round of the playoffs
four straight times and had five consecutive postseason series defeats going
back to a conference semifinal win over the Miami Heat in seven games in 2000.
Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and hit a couple of key shots down the
stretch for the Knicks, who also received 17 points from Iman Shumpert.
Up next for the second-seeded Knicks will be No. 3 seed Indiana. The Pacers
finished off Atlanta in six games Friday night with an 81-73 road victory.
New York won the first three games of the best-of-seven set before dropping
the next two, but on Friday the Knicks never trailed and raced to a 21-5 lead.
They were up 75-49 with under 10 minutes left in the game before the Celtics
scored 20 in a row and got as close as four, and had momentum with Anthony
wincing in pain holding his left shoulder.
Avery Bradley's steal and dunk pulled Boston within 79-75 with 3 1/2 minutes
left to send the home crowd into a frenzy.
The Knicks, though, pulled through. Anthony's pull-up jumper from the right
elbow and his 3-pointer from the top of the arc created a nine-point margin.
No team in NBA history has overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series,
but after Wednesday's 92-86 win triumph at Madison Square Garden the Celtics
seemed to have all the momentum.
They nearly pulled off the impossible Friday night.
Jeff Green totaled 21 points before fouling out for the Celtics, who also got
15 points and 10 rebounds from Kevin Garnett.
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