Knicks avenge blowout loss to Celtics with a rout

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm •  Published: January 28, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — This one was so easy for the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony only needed to play 28 minutes.

That left plenty of energy for pitching books and swatting away free agency questions.

Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks avenged an embarrassing home loss with a rout of their own, beating the Boston Celtics 114-88 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

Jeremy Tyler added a career-high 17 points and fellow reserve J.R. Smith also scored 17 for the Knicks, who lost by 41 the last time the Celtics came to Madison Square Garden but led this one by 35.

"Today's game in particular, it was kind of personal, you know what I'm saying, the way they beat us the last time we played them," forward Kenyon Martin said. "So we wanted a little get-back."

Anthony, who leads the NBA in minutes per game with 39.2, was quick on his feet after the game, easily handling a question about his relationship with Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau (he said he doesn't have one) and one about comments made by his wife, actress La La Anthony, who has a new book out called "The Love Playbook" and said in a TV interview that she "definitely" thinks he will re-sign with the Knicks.

"That's my wife. I support her, I support what she said," Anthony said. "I don't think she said anything wrong. It's a good thing for her to say that. Go get the book though, your wives and girlfriends will enjoy the book."

New York evened its record at 3-3 on its eight-game homestand, with games remaining against Cleveland on Thursday and Miami on Saturday.

New York is headed in the right direction again since ending a five-game losing streak Friday behind Anthony's 62 points, and is only a half-game out of the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot despite its 18-27 record.

"You're going to have ups and downs throughout the season," center Tyson Chandler said. "The thing is when you have those lulls you've got to be able to bounce back, and we've done that."

Jeff Green scored 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting for the Celtics, who have lost three straight and six of seven. Rajon Rondo had seven points and five assists, shooting 3 of 13 in his sixth game of the season after returning from a torn ACL.

"It was a good old-fashioned butt kicking," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.