The New York Knicks throttled the Boston Celtics, 100-85, behind J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony, who combined for 61 of the Knicks' 100 points.
What's most impressive about the Knicks' performance was that Smith actually out-performed 'Melo in terms of efficiency and balanced production.
Smith shot above 50 percent from the floor, while 'Melo went 10-of-30. With eight minutes left in the third quarter, both players had combined for 33 of the Knicks' 55 field-goal attempts.
The Celtics just couldn't hang with the ball movement and energy of the Knicks—especially Avery Bradley, who accounted for just six points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Jeff Green led the way with his first double double since April 11, 2011, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The real difference maker in this potential first-round playoff preview was 25-point advantage the Knicks had with second-chance points.
It was just a special night for the Knicks, and while their offensive performance was rather amazing, the intensity they showed on defense even more impressive to watch.
Ahead are full grades and player breakdowns for the Knicks and the Celtics.