Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and notched 9 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a blowout victory over the Boston Celtics, 116-92. The Knicks had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 42-80 (52.5%) from the field, including 11-19 (57.9%) from beyond the arc. New York (26-40) has now won five consecutive games.
Anthony shot 11-25 (4-7 from three-point range) and 8-8 from the free throw line. Cole Aldrich also contributed for New York, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Green had another strong performance for Boston in the loss, scoring 27 points on 10-21 shooting (2-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-7 from the free throw line.
In a showdown of statistical strengths, the offense of New York won the turnover battle against the defense of Boston that forces the league's fifth-most errors (opponents' TO% of 28.2%). The Knicks ended this contest with a TO% of 9.2%, and make the third-fewest mistakes in the league this year (TO% of 13.3%). The Knicks combined an eFG% of 59.4% with 57.9% 3-point shooting. They are 10-3 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Celtics, on the other hand, are 2-8 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Boston (22-43) to 2-2 against New York on the year.
Coming up, the Knicks square off against the Milwaukee Bucks, who are 13-51 on the season. The Celtics go up against the Phoenix Suns, currently sitting at 36-27 this year. The Knicks came away with a victory in two of their last three games against Milwaukee. The Celtics have a 0-1 record against Phoenix this season.
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