The New York Knicks are now two wins away from advancing to the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal round after manhandling the Boston Celtics 87-71 at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.
New York’s Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 34 points on 11 of 24 shooting, and J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton added 19 and 16 points, respectively.
Small forward Paul Pierce led Boston with 18 points, but his team, after taking a 48-42 lead into halftime, was held to 33 points in the second half. The Knicks scored 32 points in the third quarter alone.
The Knicks’ second-half defense yielded a similar result in Game 1. New York, en route to winning 85-78 Saturday, limited Boston to 25 points in the third and fourth quarters combined.
The Knicks haven’t won a playoff series since 2000, a year they advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.