The New York Knicks are heading to the second round of the playoffs to face the Indiana Pacers, and they have an atrocious shooting performance by the Boston Celtics to thank for that.
The Knicks survived an epic 24-2 run by the Celtics over a five-minute span of the fourth quarter, en route to an 88-80 Game 6 win.
Carmelo Anthony led the way 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two huge jumpers in the last two minutes to seal the victory for the Knicks.
The Celtics fought for their lives, after scoring just 10 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second, by outscoring the Knicks 33-21 in the fourth quarter alone.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined for 29 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists, but they looked visibly exhausted in the fourth quarter, which was a big difference-maker.
Tyson Chandler had an amazing night with nine offensive rebounds, which gave the Knicks second-chance opportunities just at the right moments.
It wasn't pretty for either team, but the Knicks prevailed, and they are one step closer to returning to the top of the Eastern Conference.