April 20, 2011 by staff
Celtics Knicks, The Boston Celtics overcame an inspired performance from Carmelo Anthony to beat the Knicks in New York and take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series in the NBA on Tuesday, while Orlando and Dallas also picked up victories.
Orlando’s Dwight Howard, who scored 46 points in a first game loss to the Hawks poured in 33 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for the Magic beat Atlanta 88-82 to even the series at 1-1.
In Dallas, the Mavericks got 21 points from Peja Stojakovic banking to complement 33 of Dirk Nowitzki as the home team held off the Portland Trail Blazers 101-89 to take a 2-0 lead with three-game series for the Thursday in Portland.
With Chauncey Billups in New York due to a knee injury and Amare Stoudemire sat out the second half due to back spasms, Anthony stepped up and matched a playoff career-high 42 points and got 17 rebounds.
However, Anthony outstanding individual effort was not enough as the Celtics hung in a 96-93 victory.
After heartbreaking losses back-to-back “, the home of the Knicks head to the Big Apple for three four games on Friday and Sunday,” at least one victory to avoid being swept in the first round.
The Knicks clawed their way back to a 93-92 advantage with 19 seconds left before Kevin Garnett dropped ahead basket with 13 seconds remaining on the clock. He followed with a great defensive play at the other end of the court, diving on a fumble with just four seconds left.
Rajon Rondo beat the Celtics with 30 points.
“We have so many weapons,” Rondo told reporters. “Kevin wanted the ball and told him ready and we came through on both sides of the court.”
Orlando avoid falling behind 2-0 in their series with the help of a 10-1 run to close the third quarter that gave the Magic a 65-54 cushion.
Jameer Nelson scored 13 points for the Magic, while Hedo Turkoglu had 10.
Jamal Crawford scored 25 points off the bench to lead the Hawks and Josh Smith had 17.
Portland looking to return home with the series tied 1-1, but Nowitzki led the Mavs to a 28-17 advantage in the fourth quarter to fend off visitors.
Stojakovic, who was released by the Toronto Raptors to the Mavericks hired him in January, drained five three-pointers and was a point below his season high.
LaMarcus Aldridge beat the Blazers with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
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