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The Celtics beat the Knicks Last night at Madison Square Garden, 102-96, in a game that can be described as nothing less than an “instant classic.”
Paul Pierce hit a late game dagger over the outstretched arms of Tyson Chandler and finished the game with 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting. Avery Bradley played well in place of the suspended Rajon Rondo, and went for 13 points and 5 assists.
But the real story in this game was the constant jarring between Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony. The two went at it all game long as the Celtics kept running plays to switch Anthony onto Garnett on the offensive end of the floor.
The jarring boiled over into a double technical foul call midway through the fourth quarter as Garnett and Anthony continued their aggressive chirping during a break in game play.
WEEI and multiple other media outlets are reporting that Anthony tried to get into the Celtics’ locker room after the game, and even waited for Garnett by the team bus outside the arena.
The Knicks and Celtics rivalry is alive and “well,” and the two teams face each other three more times this season. This should be fun.
Here’s a video of Anthony waiting by the Celtics’ bus:
(courtesy of CSNNE.com)