NEW YORK — As the Knicks made their run — and the Celtics fell apart — there was one man who seemed unable to miss a shot. Having started slowly, in contrast to his 4 for 4 start in Game 1, Carmelo Anthony found his stroke suddenly and brilliantly Tuesday night in Game 2.
To start? Anthony was 3 for 11, as the Celtics kept pace with the Knicks.
To finish? Anthony was 5 for 6 in the third quarter and 8 for 13 in the second half, as the Knicks pulled away for an 87-71 win at Madison Square Garden to take a 2-0 series lead.
Anthony finished with 34 points, following a 36-point performance in Game 1. He outscored the Celtics, 13-11, in the third quarter. It was his 19th career 30-point game in the playoffs.
“In the playoffs, it’s not going to always be perfect for any player,” coach Mike Woodson said. “Melo struggled, but at the end of the night he was still there at the end making the plays that we needed him to make from an offensive standpoint.
You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month
Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.
- High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
- Convenient access across all of your devices
- Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
- Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
- Less than 25¢ a week