National Basketball Association
<    June    
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30
              === Anthony leads Knicks in drubbing of Celtics ===
 Boston, MA ( - Carmelo Anthony's 34 points paved the way for
 the  rejuvenated New York Knicks' fifth straight win, a 116-92 blasting of the
 Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
 The  Knicks  shot an impressive  52.5 percent and  never trailed in matching a
 season  high  for consecutive victories.  Tim Hardaway  Jr. pitched in with 22
 points  off the  bench on  a 7-of-11  success rate,  with Cole  Aldrich coming
 through  with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds while making a rare
 start at center.
 Wednesday's  win closed  New York within three games of Atlanta for the eighth
 and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
 "Regardless  of  who we play, we're  just taking it  one game at a time," said
 Anthony.  "These are teams that we've got to play, it's on the schedule, so we
 don't control that. The only thing we can control is whether we win or not."
 With  star point guard  Rajon Rondo held out in the Celtics' second game in as
 many  days, Jeff  Green paced  Boston with  27 points  and Kris  Humphries and
 Jerryd Bayless each finished with 15.
 Both  Anthony and his team were in top form right from the outset, as the All-
 Star forward dropped in a trio of 3-pointers in the game's first 3 1/2 minutes
 to highlight a 23-7 New York run to begin the contest. The Knicks made good on
 8-of-11 field goal attempts during the early tear.
 Anthony  ended  the opening quarter with  13 points and Hardaway dropped in 12
 during  the second  as the Knicks expanded  a 36-24 lead after one. The margin
 grew  to 68-44  following five straight Hardaway points near the conclusion of
 the  half, which  ended  with  Green and  Phil  Pressey  converting layups  on
 consecutive Boston possessions.
 "We got stops and we spread the court so well and when we are making shots, we
 are a tough team to beat," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. And we've been
 shooting  these last five  games; we've been shooting the hell out of the ball
 and our defense has been on par as well, so it's a good combination to have."
 The  Celtics were  able to make some  headway in the third quarter, with Green
 accounting  for the final eight points of a 14-4 surge that cut the deficit to
 74-63  just over  four minutes into the  second half. It was a nine-point game
 after  Green buried  a 3-pointer with 1:11  to go in the frame to bring Boston
 within 84-75.
 New  York pulled  away in  the fourth  quarter, however,  behind an  offensive
 barrage  that  resulted in 31 points  on 55 percent shooting. A Pablo Prigioni
 three  to start the  stanza was followed by two Hardaway free throws that gave
 the Knicks a comfortable 90-75 advantage.
 "We did a lot of good things in the third quarter, and then I think that three
 [by Prigioni] to start the fourth took the wind out of our sails a little bit,
 unfortunately,"  Celtics  head coach  Brad Stevens  remarked. "We never really
 could get it going after that again."
                                   Game Notes
 The Knicks finished 11-of-19 from beyond the arc, with Anthony going 4-of-7 on
 3-point  tries and  Hardaway 3-for-5  ... Aldrich  drew the  start with  Tyson
 Chandler  missing  a second straight game  for personal reasons and the Knicks
 resting  Amar'e  Stoudemire (knees)  ... New York  recorded 20 assists against
 just eight turnovers.
 03/12 23:14:59 ET