Try as he might, Carmelo Anthony‘s performance wasn’t enough to beat the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. With Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups out with back and knee injuries, Anthony had to attempt success on his own. He definitely accomplished an excellent individual performance with 42 points and 17 rebounds. The Knicks shot at 30 percent and led in rebounding 54-37.
With 49 seconds to go, Paul Pierce drove down the lane and passed to Garnett who dunked and put the Celtics at the lead with 92-91. New York had its last lead at 93-92 with 20 seconds left. The clock winds down to 13 seconds. Kevin Garnett hits the go-ahead basket then dives for a loose ball with four seconds left on the clock. He then hits the jumper and steals a pass from Jared Jeffries. Celtics win 96-93 in their home court.
Rajon Rondo, who had 30 points, later said, “We have so many weapons.” “Kevin wanted the ball and I told him to be ready and he came through for us on both ends of the floor.”
Carmelo Anthony told reporters, “We can’t hang our heads over something like this,” he said. “The Celtics didn’t do anything special.” “They won two games on their home court. Now it’s our turn to go to our home court and try to do the same thing.” The Knicks play the Celtics this Friday and Saturday in Madison Square Garden.
Whether Stoudemire and Billups will be well enough to play remains to be seen.