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Celtics Vs. Knicks, Game 4: Boston Sweeps Carmelo Anthony, New York

The Knicks are not, in fact, back. Kevin Garnett had 26 points, Rajon Rondo scored 21 with 12 assists and Boston swept New York out of the playoffs with a 101-89 victory in Game 4.

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The Knicks Fall Short, But S.T.A.T. Stands Taller Than Ever

The New York Knicks were swept out of the 2011 NBA Playoffs by the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, but while everyone talks about the Knicks' collapse, don't forget Amar'e Stoudemire, and how quickly things can change.

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Celtics Vs. Knicks, Game 6: Boston's First-Round Sweep 'Spring Cleaning'

Desperate for an emotional performance to avoid being swept by playoff-tested Boston, the Knicks instead showed up listless. And when they finally found a spark, chipping away at a 23-point deficit in the second half, the rally was too little and came too late.

Kevin Garnett had 26 points, Rajon Rondo scored 21 with 12 assists and Boston knocked New York out of the playoffs with a 101-89 victory Sunday in Game 4 of their first-round series.

Paul Pierce is The Man, Garnett puts stats on the board, Rajon Rondo is the emerging star and Ray Allen is Mr. Clutch but Jermaine O'Neal might have just cemented his spot in the hearts of Boston fans. CelticsBlog thinks O'Neal has officially turned into a "bargain."

I don't care about the regular season. Jermaine O'Neal was the biggest difference maker on the defensive end for the Celtics in this Knicks series. Sure, Amar'e went off Game 1 (and was injured in Game 3), but Jermaine O'Neal we just absolutely a menace to any Knick in the paint, and when he wasn't blocking shots he wasn't scared to foul hard. O'Neal even showed us some offensive skills, proving that he can still hit a 7ft jumper (and shooting 62% from the field doing it).

Check out our Celtics vs. Knicks hub for full series coverage. 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 Final Score: Boston's 101-89 Victory Completes Sweep Of New York

The Knicks finally looked like the Knicks that fans hoped they would be late in Game 4. But they never led, and the Celtics clamped down in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to finish their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with a 101-89 win and a 4-0 sweep.

After the Knicks closed to 84-80 with 7:35 to go, thanks to some Anthony Carter jumpers, Boston's Big Four took over: Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen combined to score all of the Celtics' points in a 17-9 run to close out the game.

Garnett had six of those points, and 20 of his team-high 26 came in the second half.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 32 points, but scored just five in the fourth quarter. The Knicks shot just 34.1% as a team.

The Celtics will move on to face the winner of the Heat-76ers series in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Check out our Celtics vs. Knicks hub for full series coverage. 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 Score: Is New York Rally In Third Quarter Cause For Hope?

Maybe there is some life in the New York Knicks' season, after all. A late awakening in the third quarter saw the Knicks cut a Game 4 deficit that had swollen to as many as 23 points to just 10 entering the fourth quarter.

And for once, a Knicks surge wasn't about Carmelo Anthony getting hot. Anthony had six points in the Knicks' 18-8 run to end the third quarter, but Shawne Williams and Roger Mason Jr. each made a three in that span, and the Knicks managed to hold the Celtics to just eight points over almost eight minutes. Credit Anthony Carter for some of that, too: he produced a few hustle plays that helped sustain the swing.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are shooting far worse than their generous leads would suggest. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce have combined to make just eight of 27 shots on the day, and have just 20 points combined after scoring 70 points combined in Game 3 of this season.

Check out our Celtics vs. Knicks hub for full series coverage. 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 Score: Boston Up Big At Halftime, New York Hopes On Life Support

Madison Square Garden is hushed. The Knicks' defense is tattered. And Boston appears to be on the verge of completing the NBA's first playoff series win of 2011, leading the Knicks 55-38 at halftime of Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.

Rajon Rondo has 13 points and six assists for the Celtics, who have also gotten 12 points from Glen Davis off the bench. But while the Knicks' defense has allowed Rondo et al. to turn it into Swiss cheese, New York's offense might have been worse in the first half.

Carmelo Anthony has 19 points on five-of-13 shooting for the Knicks so far; the rest of the Knicks have made just six of 34 shots in the first half. That's a miserable 17.6% from the field for those Knicks — including Amar'e Stoudemire, who has made just one of 10 shots — and it's slightly worse than the percentage Butler shot (18.8%) in the NCAA Tournament final earlier this month.

If Anthony — amusingly miscredited with 216 points at one juncture — can get hot, the Knicks still have a chance. If not, it's hard to see a way back for them, considering their defensive struggles almost require offensive production in lieu of a reliance on stops.

Check out our Celtics vs. Knicks hub for full series coverage. 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 Score: Rajon Rondo Has Boston Leading, 29-23, After First Quarter

Amar'e Stoudemire is on the floor for the New York Knicks in their Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. But that's not going to be enough if Rajon Rondo keeps taking big bites of the Big Apple.

Rondo tore up the Knicks' defense in the first quarter, scoring nine points and dishing five assists to help stake the Celtics to a 29-23 lead after the first period. For a player Mike D'Antoni slammed before the game as a product of his teammates, that's certainly a good start.

For the Knicks, the Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Show appears to be the featured attraction, as ever. But only one is lighting anything up so far: Anthony had 15 first quarter points to lead all scorers, while Stoudemire missed all six of his shots and had just one point in the first 12 minutes.

Check out our Celtics vs. Knicks hub for full series coverage. 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 4: Carmelo Anthony Fights Odds, Maybe Inevitability, With New York Down 3-0

Who knew that the pre-game lay-up line before Game 2 would ruin this series for the New York Knicks? With the Boston Celtics nursing a 1-0 lead, Amar'e Stoudemire strained his back on a practice dunk during warm-ups. He suffered back spasms, left the game in the first half, was ineffective in Game 3 and may miss Game 4 entirely. Now the Celtics are up 3-0, and the Knicks have one more chance this season to earn the team's first playoff win since 2001. If New York loses on Sunday, it will have gone a full decade between playoff victories.

That's what hangs on the line for Carmelo Anthony, the midseason superstar acquisition. Once the Knicks began to struggle shortly after the 'Melo trade, it became apparently that as currently constructed, there was no chance New York could be considered a legit contender in the East. Maybe next year. Maybe in two years, when the next great free agent class comes of age. But not now.

A single win in the playoffs isn't too much to ask, though; the one-star Hornets earned one. The Grizzlies have two! Even the Pacers, facing the best team in the league, earned one. If the Knicks don't, it will be understandable and still completely disappointing. The team has come a long way from the Isiah Thomas days and even last year's odd squad. A playoff berth is something, especially when the team's last postseason visit was all the way back in 2004. That's all a positive veneer on the 0-3 hole the Knicks find themselves in. But it's still an 0-3 hole, and the Knicks have spent two of the three bullets in their chamber -- 2010 cap space on Stoudemire and the team's entire set of prospects on Carmelo Anthony. Cap space in 2011 or '12 is all that's left.

Something positive in the interim would be great; a single win here at Madison Square Garden could apply, especially if it means tiring the C's out a bit before they move on to face the Heat. The game begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Check out our Celtics vs. Knicks hub for full series coverage. 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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