Andre Miller scored 28 points and sank a layup with 1.3 seconds left that lifted the Nuggets to a 97-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
The Los Angeles Clippers played above the rim, not enough to live up to their Lob City moniker but enough to beat Memphis at its own rebounding game.
The Nets beat the Chicago Bulls, 106-89, in Game 1 of their playoff series.
The Nets jumped out to an early lead and dominated the Bulls as their pregame party became a nightlong event.
The Brooklyn blackout was a blowout.
Andre Miller filled a gaping hole in his basketball resume Saturday.
Kenyon Martin, in his return from a sprained ankle, had a strong second half as Tyson Chandler struggled to find his rhythm in his return from a neck injury.
After an emotional start to the playoff series between the Knicks and the Celtics, the Madison Square Garden crowd quickly returned to hating their Boston rivals.
The bitter New York-Boston sports rivalry, dating back nearly 100 years, observed a momentary truce before the start of Saturday’s NBA playoffs opener between the New York Knicks and the visiting Boston Celtics.
NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony led with 36 points but veterans Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin helped spark the New York Knicks to an 85-78 win over the Boston Celtics in Saturday’s postseason opener.
Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points to lead the Knicks to a victory in their first Game 1 playoff contest at home in 12 years.
Led by Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks defeated the Celtics in Game 1 at Madison Square Garden.
There will be nights, of course, when Carmelo Anthony will not be able to shake off a mortal’s shooting night and close the show and protect his howling house, and on those nights, you better have a backup plan, and the best backup plan is to play De-fense the…
The pass zipped from Carmelo Anthony to Kenyon Martin down low with 40.6 seconds left. Martin was wide open near the hoop. Anthony’s pass, however, was thrown high.
“Terrible pass,â? Martin said afterward, good-naturedly. “Melo said thanks for bailing him out.â?
Indeed, Martin hauled in Anthony’s high…
Jason Kidd’s son T.J. may have said it best.
“He’s still got it,â? the younger Kidd said outside the Knicks locker room Saturday.
A month ago, Jason turned 40. A month from now, his team might still be playing in the postseason in part because of him…
It was better than it ever was yesterday in crunch time of a Knicks playoff game.
If this was the start of a genuine Knicks championship run, it began with De-fense and a historic performance. Coach Mike Woodson’s Knicks suffocated the Celtics in the final two periods, picking…
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony had just addressed the Madison Square Garden crowd about support for the city of Boston after the tragic Marathon bombing and subsequent harrowing events. Celtics star Paul Pierce took the microphone.
Initially, some fans saw only “Bostonâ? in their minds and New Yorkers, being New Yorkers…
The Ball splashed cleanly through the twine, and Paul Pierce shook his fist, and with that arrived the kind of silence that hadn’t visited Madison Square Garden for a basketball game in years.
The Garden has seen awful basketball in that time, woeful basketball, banana peels strewn everywhere, meaningless…
For 24 minutes, it looked like Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish had walked through the door for the Celtics. The trio apparently came back disguised as Jeff Green who had 20 points by halftime.
Then in the second half, it looked like the Celtics had Eric Montross, Jerome…
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said if yesterday had been a Game 7, starting guard Pablo Prigioni likely would have suited up on his balky right ankle in the first-round playoff opener against the Celtics.
Woodson said he believes Prigioni will be ready for Game 2 on Tuesday and for the…
Mike Woodson won’t win Coach of the Year in the NBA this season even if nobody in the league has done a better job than he has, not Gregg Popovich, the best there is, not Erik Spoelstra, who has the best player, not even George Karl, who has a better team now in Denver than he did when he had Carmelo Anthony, who officially became the best scorer in the league this season.
Call them the New York Knets, the old starring duo from New Jersey now filling invaluable supportive roles for the Knicks a decade later.
They must have been having a good laugh down in Miami on Saturday and not just at what the team in green was doing at the Garden in what has to rank as one of the all-time low points for a very proud Boston Celtics franchise.
There was so much to remember about the afternoon, especially the play that closed out the Boston Celtics for good, the pass that Carmelo Anthony made to Kenyon Martin in the last minute, Martin getting offense in a Game 1 that he had helped change so much with defense.