Carmelo Anthony had 34 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 22 off the bench and the New York Knicks led wire to wire in a 116-92 rout of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night to earn their fifth straight win.
The Knicks, who were playing without the likes of Tyson Chandler (personal matter) and Amar'e Stoudemire (rest), got out of the gates in a hurry in this one, making nine of their first 10 three-point shots and scoring 68 points in the first half.
The Celtics battled back in the third quarter behind the stellar play of Jeff Green, trimming a 20-point halftime deficit to nine by the end of the period. Green scored 19 of his 27 points in the quarter.
However, Anthony put the team on his back in the fourth, hitting numerous big shots to put Boston away.
New York shot 52.5 percent from the floor overall, making 11 of its 19 three-point tries. It also outrebounded the C's, 47-38.
Cole Aldrich, who made the first start of his NBA career due to the Knicks' shortage of big men, recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and added three blocks.
With the win, New York moved to within three games of the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, the Knicks are five back in the loss column.
Boston and New York split the season series with one another, 2-2.