Jason Kidd didn't notice anything drastically different about Carmelo Anthony before the Knicks entered the Garden for the first time since the very public war of words with Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

Kidd didn't see a teammate overanxious or hyped up for a game in a hostile environment where 18,624 people in green were ready to rain down jeers from every corner of the arena.

The only thing Kidd noticed differently about Anthony was that the two-week fast that the Knicks' star forward publicized was officially over, and it showed as Anthony feasted on the Celtics for a game-high 28 points in an 89-86 victory at a place that has haunted New York for a long time.

"He ate, so that was the biggest thing," joked Kidd, who added 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. "He's a professional and he's played in hostile environments. .?.?. I think he handled it."

The night was completely different than the melee that ensued the last time these two teams mixed it up earlier this month. The much-anticipated matchup didn't have any technical fouls — other than a defensive 3-second on the Knicks. It didn't have physical play that go out of hand between Garnett and Anthony. And, most importantly, the game didn't have a Celtics win at the end of it.

Anthony's clutch performance on 11-of-28 shooting with nine rebounds in a game-high 41 minutes ended the Knicks 11-game skid without a victory in Boston and pushed their Atlantic Division lead over the Celtics to seven games.

"It was cool," Anthony said while remaining in the locker room — unlike at Madison Square Garden when he chased Garnett to the Celtics' bus. "For me it was a matter of just blocking everything out and really just locking in on it from a basketball standpoint. I try not to even worry about the crowd on the road and things like that. It's a matter of just doing what I have to do, what we have to do to win this game."