Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Celtics beat Knicks

NEW YORK—Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett jawed from baseline to midcourt, and Anthony still had more to say.
So the Knicks’ forward went toward the Celtics’ locker-room after the game to keep shouting—taking his frustrations from the court right along with him and perhaps risking an NBA suspension.

Paul Pierce scored 23 points as Boston beat New York 102-96 last night in a heated first meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division rivals.
Anthony left without talking to reporters and the Knicks wouldn’t comment on Anthony’s post-game trip in the wrong direction. But Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers didn’t deny it.
“I’m going to let you all figure that one out. I’m going to stay out of that,” Rivers said.
“If it was the playoffs, I’d tell on him. But since it’s not, I’m going to just be quiet.”
Rivers didn’t need to. MSG Network reported the incident, in which security had to step in and send Anthony back in the right direction.
The league likely will investigate and could penalize the Knicks’ leading scorer.
Comcast SportsNet New England posted a video on its website showing Anthony waiting near the Celtics’ team bus after the game, with coach Mike Woodson and New York City police nearby.
“I didn’t know what was going on at that point in time,” said Knicks’ forward Amare Stoudemire.
“It’s strictly basketball,” he stressed. “We have to keep it on the basketball court and make sure we come to play every night.
“Boston will definitely bring the intensity and aggressive play,” Stoudemire noted. “We got to be able to match that.”
Garnett added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who even without the suspended Rajon Rondo won their third-straight and finally are playing like the team that has ruled the division for the last half-decade.
The Knicks want that title now, but Anthony and his teammates were reminded how tough the Celtics can make it.
Anthony had 20 points but shot just 6-of-26 while battling his temper, Garnett, and foul trouble.
Garnett denied the post-game altercation.
“Listen, heat of the battle, man. Guys go back and forth,” he reasoned.
“He’s trying to get his team to go, I’m trying to get my team to go, both teams are colliding, not to mention that it’s the Knicks and the Celtics,” Garnett added.
“Just what it is, man.”
J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 24 points. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 17 rebounds.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Washington nipped Oklahoma City 101-99, Chicago dumped Cleveland 118-92, New Orleans beat San Antonio 95-88, Utah downed Dallas 100-94, Portland topped Orlando 125-119 (OT), and Memphis bounced Sacramento 113-81.

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