Anthony's 28 points lead Knicks over Celts, 89-86

Anthony's 28 points lead Knicks over Celts, 89-86
January 24, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce, center, threads past New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) and guard Iman Shumpert, left, on a drive to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


BOSTON (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and won his rematch with Kevin Garnett as the New York Knicks ended an 11-game losing streak in Boston with an 89-86 victory over the Celtics on Thursday night.

It came 17 days after a verbal clash between the All-Star forwards led to Anthony's one-game suspension following Boston's 102-96 victory in New York.

Anthony was booed frequently Thursday but there was no sign of hostility with Garnett. At one point, Anthony even extended his hand to a fallen Garnett and helped the Celtic to his feet.

Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Garnett had only eight points but finished with a game-high 12 rebounds.

There were 17 lead changes in the game but none in the fourth quarter.