This will be the third of four meetings between these two teams, while being the backend of the Knicks 16th of 19 back-to-backs this season-while also being the final of six away-home back-to-backs. New York has not won a season series versus the Celtics since the 03-04 season.
Carmelo Anthony led New York with 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two meetings against Boston this season. Amar’e Stoudemire posted 14.0 points and 5.5 boards, while Tyson Chandler recorded 9.0 points and 12.5 rebounds.
Melo Leading the Way:
Carmelo Anthony recorded a team-high 28 point and eight rebounds in over 30 minutes in the Knicks game against the Raptors on 3/23. Anthony has led the team in points 45 times and rebounds 13 times this season. Anthony is second in the NBA in scoring averaging 17.6 points-a-game.
Welcome to New York Kenyon Martin:
Making an immediate impact in his first two games is Kenyon Martin who posted 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and seven rebounds in over 27 minutes.
J.R. Smith posted 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field and five rebounds in over 31 minutes in the March 23 victory against Toronto. This is Smith’s 22nd time this season eclipsing the 20-point mark. Smith leads the NBA among players coming off the bench in 20-point games. JR is first in the NBA in scoring among players coming off the bench at 16.9 ppg (min 10-games).
This Date in Knicks History:
1970: Knicks defeat the Baltimore Bullets 120-117 (2OT) in Game One of the Eastern Division Semifinals. Willis Reed scored 30 points, hits a hook shot with: 31 remaining to break a 117-117 tie.
1974: Dave DeBusschere plays his final game, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds in over 28 minutes in leading the Knicks to a 117-90 victory over Philadelphian.
1999: Patrick Ewing becomes the 12th player in NBA history to reach both 20,000 career points and 10,000 rebounds by recording his 10,000th board in the 94-87 victory at Phoenix.
The Knicks and Celtics game is set to air on the TNT network, with tip-off slated for 7:oo p.m.