The NBA's seventh-best scoring defense limited the Celtics to a paltry 25 second-half points, including only eight in the decisive fourth quarter, en route to a series-opening 85-78 win.
It was hardly pretty for the Knicks, who hosted their first Game 1 in more than a decade, and were down by as many as seven late in the third quarter.
After a hot start, Carmelo Anthony significantly cooled down over the second and third quarters, before finding his groove again in the fourth, and former Net teammates Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin did all the little things necessary to take home the win.
By holding home-court advantage in Game 1, the Knicks set themselves up nicely for the rest of the series. Entering this year's playoffs, teams that won Game 1 went on to win the series 78 percent of the time (per ESPN Stats & Info).