Knicks Go Down 0-2, Despite Anthony’s 42 Points

Published on: 19th April, 2011

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Knicks Wounded On Bench
Knicks Go Down 0-2, Despite Anthony's 42 Points

Knicks Amar'e Stoudemire grimacing with back problem. New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics. Game 2. Original Filename: _HS14004.JPG  | read this item

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Boston — It was a game that had all the makings of a Celtic blowout. You had Chauncy Billups, one of the Knicks’ Big Three sitting on the bench with a knee injury. Then, you had Amar’e Stoudemire, sitting out the second half of tonight’s Game 2 with a back issue, something having to do with a spasm, the Knicks hope.

The Celtics still had Garnett, Pierce, Rondo, and Allen on the floor while Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni had to fill in the blanks with such dignitaries of the hardwood as Roger Mason, Bill Walker, Jarod Jeffries, Toney Douglas, and of course, Carmelo Anthony.

This was going to be a breeze for the home team Celtics, no matter how scrappy these particular Knicks would try to be.  Jeffries had scored a total of 46 points during his entire season in a Knick uniform. Mason was still picking wooden splinters out of his dexterior region from all the bench time he’s logged this year, as the forgotten Knick. Walker just joined the Knicks rotation only after Jim Dolan had gutted the Knicks bench in the Anthony trade.  And Douglas became important, very important, after Billups injured his knee.

Except one thing. The Knicks had Carmelo Anthony on their side. And, what Anthony did tonight was almost, in a way, redemption for what he wasn’t able to do two nights ago in Game 1 of this playoff series. He looked at the Knicks lineup and looked at the Celtics Hall of Fame-laden team and made one decision. It was the easiest decision he’d ever made in his basketball-playing career. 

Anthony told himself he was going to carry his team on his shoulders for the last 24 minutes of this pivotal game and do the superstar thing, here in the playoffs when the pressure often gets to lesser players, especially at crunch time.

Anthony did what he set out to do, scoring a career-tying playoff high of 42 points. He also added 17 rebounds, 6 assists, and superb defense most of the night. Unfortunately, the Knicks broke down in the very last seconds of the game, with Jeffries failing to execute on  a pass inside from Anthony with six seconds left in the game and the Knicks down by one measly point. The Celtics won the game, 96-93 but, Anthony and the Knicks scared the bejeesuz out of Doc Rivers’ team for the second game in a row as the teams get a two day respite before heading down to New York and Madison Square Garden to resume these exciting festivities.

In the end, it was Kevin Garnett, who’s played in a few of these games over the years as a Celtic, who sank the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds left, then stole the ball from Jeffries to clinch things for Boston but it was the Knicks who came out of these first two games feeling like they belong on the same court as a Celtic team that has played at a championship-contending level for most of the past decade

Garnett hit the decisive jump hook after backing Jeffries into the lane. The Knicks then got the ball to Anthony in the left corner, where he was double-teamed by Pierce and Glen Davis. Anthony passed inside to Jeffries, but Garnett stole the ball and called timeout with 4 seconds remaining.

The Knicks then fouled Delonte West, who made two free throws with 0.6 seconds to go.

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