New York will be traveling to the TD Garden for the first time this season, while this is the second of four meetings between the Knicks and Celtics. The Knicks are looking for their first season series victory against the Celtics since the 2003-04 season, while also snapping an 11-game losing streak in Boston.
Melo’s on Fire:
Carmelo Anthony posted team highs with 29 points and seven assist in the Jan 21 loss to the Nets. Anthony has posted at least 20-points in 26 straight games, which is tied for the third longest streak in franchise history. The forward is leading the NBA in first quarter scoring this season at 9.2 points, which has helped the Knicks average 25.4 points in that frame, which is sixth in the NBA.
Anthony is third in the NBA in scoring averaging 29.2 points a game and 16th in the NBA in 3PT%; Carmelo is averaging 31.6 ppg over his last 10 games, which is the second highest in the NBA over each players last 10 games played (Kevin Durant 33.4)
New York has done extremely well hitting shots from the three-point arc, as the franchise currently sits fourth in the NBA in 3P% at .385, while making 11.1 triples a game, which is tops in the NBA. The Knicks have three players in the top-15 in 3-PT Field Goal %.
Steve Novak is fourth (80-179, .447), Jason Kidd is 12th (72, 170, .424) and Carmelo Anthony is 16th (87-207, .420) to help lead the Knicks to draining an NBA best 431 triples this season.
New York has always played well on the 24th of January, including the performance that John Starks had in 1992 when the star recorded the first four-point play in franchise regular-season history. The team also overcame a 19-point deficit in 2002 for a comeback victory over the Phoenix Suns on that date.
The Knicks and Celtics are set to air on the TNT network, with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 p.m.