Now that was Super. Super Revenge. Carmelo Anthony had said the Knicks were out to “redeem themselves’’ after a 41-point Garden humiliation at the hands of the Celtics on Dec. 8 and they did so in style. The Knicks crushed Boston from start to finish in a 114-88 Garden rout. The Knicks (18-27) moved one-half game out of the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. It was a 67-point reversal from that game against Boston, which Anthony had said left “a bitter taste’’ in his mouth. “Today’s game, in part, was kind of personal,’’ Kenyon Martin said. “The way they beat us last time [here], we wanted a little getback.’’ The Knicks won their third straight game to move to 3-3 on this eight-game homestand that concludes with matches against Cleveland and Miami. The Super Bowl Week victory came before Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and a slew of Broncos receivers, including Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas. After racking up 62 and 35 points in the previous two games, Anthony finished with 24 points in 28 minutes. He departed the rout with 1:45 left in the third quarter after heating up from mid-range, going 8 of 15 from the field and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. He looked like he wanted to stay in, chatting with coach Mike Woodson when he came out. The Knicks started out 0-3 on the homestand with losses to the Clippers, Nets and Sixers and then Andrea Bargnani got hurt, tearing a ligament in his elbow. The Knicks are now 3-0 without Bargnani and their offense has been rejuvenated, scoring 125, 110 and 110 points. Bargnani hadn’t missed a game before his injury. The Knicks have gone to smallball with Anthony back at power forward in a two point-guard alignment.
Knicks get revenge, rout Celtics 114-88
New York Post | Jan 29