Carmelo Anthony got some payback from Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics (20-22) at TD Garden Thursday night, scoring a game-high 28 points in an 89-86 win for the New York Knicks (26-14).
New York’s win avenges its 102-96 loss at Madison Square Garden to Boston on Jan. 7, but that’s actually an auxiliary aspect of this tale. In case you’ve yet heard, during the Knicks-Celtics game in New York earlier this month, Garnett allegedly told Anthony that La La Vazquez—Anthony’s wife—”tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios.”
The remark enraged Anthony, whom at that time was believed to be going through marital problems. The small forward then sought Garnett out outside the Celtics’ locker room and team bus, prompting Knicks coach Mike Woodson, MSG security and five police officers to intervene. The NBA subsequently suspended Anthony for one game without pay.
As you’d expect, rumors of infidelity and divorce floated around. However, that same week a source close to the couple told the New York Post that Anthony and Vazquez weren’t—despite having lived separately for months leading up to the incident—headed for a split. The source’s claim, at least ostensibly, would be supported by images taken last week of Anthony and Vazquez walking together in London, where the Knicks thrashed the Detroit Pistons 102-87.
Honey Nut Cheerios boxes and related signs were being confiscated by TD Garden security prior to Thursday’s game, but some Celtics fans managed to sneak in empty boxes of the cereal. Still, with or without signs or empty boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, Anthony, who hired a security guard for the trip to Boston, was going to get mocked relentlessly throughout the night.
To the chagrin of Celtics followers, Melo would have the last laugh.