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Knicks 116, celtics 92

Celtics flattened by Knicks

Carmelo Anthony smiled as he high-fived teammate J.R. Smith in the first half.

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Carmelo Anthony smiled as he high-fived teammate J.R. Smith in the first half.

A few memories were made Wednesday night at TD Garden. Just a few.

In the second half, U2’s “Beautiful Day” played in the arena as the Jumbotron announced that the Patriots agreed to a deal with coveted cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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A few “Let’s Go Re-vis!” chants broke out soon after that.

It was a joyous moment, the highlight of the night for the locals.

As for the game itself, there’s little Celtics fans will want to remember – and the same goes for the team itself.

The Celtics trailed by as much as 24 to the rival New York Knicks, who led wire-to-wire as they smashed the hosts, 116-92.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his game-high 34 points in the first half, leading the Knicks (26-40) to their fifth straight win as they aim for the postseason.

Meanwhile, the Celtics (22-43) played without Rajon Rondo, who sat out to rest his surgically repaired right knee, and lost their second straight game and their ninth of 12.

The final result was never in doubt; the only question was the width of the margin.

The Knicks poured it on from the start, namely Anthony, who hit three straight 3-pointers, scoring 9 of his team’s first 11 points.

“You know one of the things we wanted to do was try to make it as difficult as possible, make him take contested jump shots, it’s what you’ve got to do, and to his credit he’s playing great,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “And he knocked them in.”

The Knicks made nine of their first 10 3-pointers and led, 68-48, at halftime.

“They put it in the hole, they got an early start, [we] gave them a rhythm, and it was hard to get them out that rhythm,” said Jeff Green, who scored 27 to lead the Celtics.

And what does one do in a situation like that?

“No. 1, you’ve got to try to break the rhythm,” Stevens said.

“But you want to stem the tide, to be honest. You want [the lead] not to get to 20. You want to try to score on the other end, break the rhythm defensively, and hope you can keep it manageable so that when your run occurs you can take the lead instead of just cut it to 10.”

So the Celtics tried a trapping defense, and they switched up how they defended pick-and-rolls.

It didn’t work. The Knicks’ rhythm wavered at times but remained intact.

They shot 53 percent from the floor, 58 percent from 3-point range, and 88 percent from the free-throw line.

Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench to score 17 of his 22 points in the first half for New York, and Cole Aldrich had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In the third quarter, the Celtics started out strong, eventually cutting the Knicks’ lead to 84-75 after Green capped a 12-4 run with a 3-pointer.

Stevens said their adjustments were mostly defensive, such as doubling Anthony more. It worked, as Anthony shot 1 for 6 in the quarter.

Green was on fire in the third, hitting 6 of 9 shots and scoring 17 points.

But the Knicks used a 10-2 run that spanned the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth that gave them a 95-77 lead with 8:20 left.

“So, we did a lot of good things in the third quarter,” Stevens said, “and then I think that [3-pointer] to start the fourth took the wind out of our sails a little bit unfortunately and we never really could get it going after that again.”

Jerryd Bayless and Kris Humphries each scored 15 for Boston and Humphries said the worst part wasn’t that the Knicks were hitting shots early.

“But when they put together some shots late, it’s really tough, because the game tightens up a lot of times and good looks are tough to come by,” the forward said.

It didn’t help that Green again pulled one of his disappearing acts, scoring just 2 points in the fourth quarter, when the Knicks buried the Celtics, outscoring them, 31-17.

Undrafted rookie Phil Pressey, making his seventh start in place of Rondo, finished with 9 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds.

All in all, it was a sour night for the Celtics, though the addition of Revis put the Celtics on the back burner as far as New England sports fans are concerned.

Not that the Celtics will mind.

But to make matters worse for Stevens, the college team he coached before joining the Celtics saw its season end Wednesday in New York, where Butler University lost to Seton Hall in the opening round of the Big East tournament.

One night after the Celtics secured their first losing season since 2006-07, Butler, which finished 14-17, secured its first losing season since 2004-05.

But hey, how about Revis?

Baxter Holmes can be reached at baxter.holmes@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @BaxterHolmes.
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