Celtics Vs. Knicks, Game 1: Ray Allen Three Gives Boston 1-0 Series Lead

Ray Allen buried a three-pointer with 11.6 seconds remaining, lifting the Celtics to an 87-85 victory over the Knicks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

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Knicks Can't Survive Celtics In Game 1, But NBA Playoffs Are Alive Like Never Before

After a wild first weekend, the 2011 NBA Playoffs look as good as a postseason has been in years. Need proof? Look no further than Knicks vs. Celtics Game 1 on Sunday night.

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Knicks Vs. Celtics: Game 1 Could Be Start Of Classic Series

Ray Allen buried a three-pointer with 11.6 seconds remaining, lifting the Celtics to an 87-85 victory over the Knicks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Knicks fans over at Posting And Toasting has concerns about Carmelo Anthony, who played terrible in the second half, and Amar'e Stoudemire, who didn't get nearly enough touches down the stretch. Most of all, however, was the knowledge that the Knicks probably should have won that game:

Well, that was the one to win, and the Knicks let it slip away. 

Meanwhile, over at CelticsBlog, they're slightly more thrilled by the outcome, though "if the rest of the playoffs will be like this, I'm going to need a pacemaker, and one of those life alert necklaces."

Ray Allen was obviously the hero for the C's but don't forget Jermaine O'Neal's efforts on the evening as well:

If I had to give a game ball to someone, it would probably be Ray, for hitting timely shot after timely shot, but Jermaine O'Neal's 6 for 6 shooting effort and more importantly 4 blocks (but again, a poor rebounding night!) to go with stellar defense was just a joy to see.

Keep an eye on Posting and Toasting as well as CelticsBlog for more updates, recap and analysis before Game Two.

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Knicks Vs. Celtics Score: Ray Allen Saves Boston As Celtics Take Game One 87-85

A Ray Allen three-pointer with just 11 seconds remaining in the game proved to be difference as Boston escaped with an 87-85 victory in game one over the New York Knicks. With New York out of timeouts, the Knicks inbounded the ball quickly to Toney Douglas who raced into the front court before handing the ball off to Carmelo Anthony. Anthony isolated on the wing and launched a long contested three-point attempt that fell short as did the Knicks hopes for a game one upset. 

The Celtics picked up their defense in the second half with Ray Allen taking charge on the offensive end. Allen scored 18 of his team-high 24 points in the second half but none were bigger than his last three-point basket that gave the Celtics the lead for good. Paul Pierce finished with 18 points while Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. 

For awhile it looked like Amare Stoudemire was going to carry the Knicks to the victory. Stoudemire finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. He had two highlight plays scoring on a nifty reverse layup and a power dunk over both Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O'Neal in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony finished with 15 points but was just 5-18 from the field while scoring just three points in the second half. 

If losing wasn't bad enough for the Knicks, they were without their starting point guard in Chauncey Billups during the final portion of the game after  suffering a strained ligament in his knee on a drive to the basket. Billups immediately was helped to the locker room and did not return to the game. 

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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Knicks Vs. Celtics Score: Amare Stoudemire, Knicks Holding Onto 64-59 Lead After Three

Boston came out and made a point of getting physical defensively and getting the ball to Ray Allen on offense. With the extra effort, they successfully cut into the New York lead trailing 64-59 after three quarters of play. Jermaine O'Neal who has 10 points and three blocked shots also helped spark the Celtics in the third.

After a quiet first half, Allen scored seven of his 13 points in the third quarter. The Celtics have five different players in double figures but still trail the Knicks. 

Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have combined for 30 points through three but suffered from less than stellar shot selection in the third resulting in the Celtics run. New York did seem to get their composure back at the end of the quarter and the stage is now set for a thrilling fourth with this still anybody's game.  

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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Knicks Vs. Celtics Score: Carmelo Anthony Pushes New York To 12-Point Lead Over Boston At The Half

New York couldn't have asked for a much better second quarter. Not only did they take a 51-39 lead at the half over the Boston Celtics, but Carmelo Anthony had a big impact without picking up his third personal foul. Anthony and Amare Stoudemire head into halftime with 12 points each giving New York a solid one-two punch that has the Knicks thinking upset in game one. 

Boston looked sluggish during the second quarter and their offense clearly wasn't clicking on all cylinders. Rajon Rondo leads the way for the Celtics with 10 points but Chauncey Billups is sagging off cutting down on his driving lanes while daring him to shoot the jump shot and it is having a negative effect on the Boston offense. Paul Pierce scored just one point in the second quarter and goes into the half with nine points. A clear sign that Boston's offense is struggling is that Ray Allen only attempted three shots in the first half of which he hit two scoring six points. 

The Knicks will look to keep pouring it on in the second half while at the same time trying to protect Anthony from foul trouble. 

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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Knicks Vs. Celtics Score: Paul Pierce Leads Boston To 24-23 Lead After One

Mike D'Antoni has to be happy to only be trailing by one point after losing Carmelo Anthony to early four trouble just a minute into the game. Anthony picked up two quick fouls in the opening minutes of the first quarter and spent the remainder of the quarter on the bench for the Knicks. 

Boston failed to capitalize as Bill Walker came off the bench to score seven points for the Knicks in Anthony's absence. Amare Stoudemire has six for Knicks who trailed by one, 24-23 after one. 

Paul Pierce led the way for the Celtics with eight early points. Rajon Rondo has six while Kevin Garnett has four points and four rebounds for Boston. 

Boston will no doubt look to attack Anthony in an effort to try and get him to pick up his third foul which would send him to the bench again for the remainder of the half. 

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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Knicks Vs. Celtics Update: Carmelo Anthony Benched After Two Quick Fouls

When Mike D'Antoni was preparing for game one against the Boston Celtics, I am sure it never entered his mind that he would be without Carmelo Anthony just one minute into the game. However, that was exactly what happened as Anthony picked up two quick fouls and has since headed to the bench presumably for the rest of the first quarter. 

Bill Walker checked in for New York in Anthony's place and promptly hit a three-point shot. Still that is not likely to be a trade that the Knicks will want to make over the course of the rest of this game. Without Anthony, even more offensive pressure will fall on the shoulders of Amare Stoudemire, who now will be relied upon to keep the Knicks close until Anthony returns. 

The Celtics lead 16-13 with about five minutes left in the first.

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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Celtics Vs. Knicks, Game 1: Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire Invade Boston

The Boston Celtics struggled to the finish last season only to make a starry-eyed run to the NBA Finals, where they lost in seven games. That is to say that it's difficult to accurately judge the Celtics' title hopes based on the team's recent performance. The whole flip switch thing is inconsistent and cliché, but that's pretty much what Boston did last season. The Celtics flipped the switch, and whomped the Heat, Cavaliers and Magic on their way to the Finals.

If that's going to happen again this season, we'll know soon. The New York Knicks, Boston's first round opponent, are no slouch. They aren't, perhaps, as good as many thought they'd be; the defense is atrocious, and there's a particular hole at center, where Mike D'Antoni often drops Shawne Williams to add to New York's offense, replacing defender Ronny Turiaf.

But Boston may not be able to capitalize on New York's biggest weakness; Shaquille O'Neal is out for Game 1 at least, and neither Jermaine O'Neal or Nenad Krstic will drop 20 in the paint. The Celtics will still score plenty in the paint, from Kevin Garnett to the penetration of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. But if the regular Knicks defend with playoff intensity, a blow-out is not predestined. And on the other end, the Knicks are the type of team -- with shooters and paint scorers alike -- who can push the incredible Celtics' defense to its limit.

Carmelo Anthony has a lot of pressure to get the Knicks a win in one of these games, and if Boston stomps, expect those familiar catcalls aimed at New York and its newest star to increase in frequency and volume. But if the stars align and 'Melo and Amar'e Stoudemire can pull off an upset? The hype will be phenomenal.

Game 1 begins at 7 p.m. ET on TNT. Be sure to check out our Celtics vs. Knicks hub for our full series preview. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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