Knicks win their first playoff game in 11 years. Season still alive as series moves south Wednesday night; New York is down 3-1.
Marc Berman of the New York Post has the details from Madison Square Garden.
Amar’e Stoudemire’s dramatic return and Carmelo Anthony’s dramatic shots allowed the Knicks to avoid a playoff sweep, post a thrilling 89-87 Garden upset over the Miami Dream Team and end their ignominious NBA-record postseason losing streak.
In redemption games for both, a bandaged Stoudemire and Anthony combined for 61 points to extend the series to Game 5 in Miami on Wednesday. The Knicks won’t have starting point guard Baron Davis, who suffered a gruesome dislocated kneecap in the third quarter.
But they have life — and they may have Jeremy Lin — after the Knicks were sparked by Stoudemire and Anthony, who exploded for 41 points after struggling mightily in the first three games against the Heat. Mike Bibby, replacing Davis, stepped in as point guard and steadied them to victory.
Celtics go up 3-1 on the Hawks.
Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald on the C’s win over the Hawks.
“We were all locked in. Sometimes individually we get a little dysfunctional at times, but (last night) everybody was very communicative,” Garnett said. “Guys were giving tips. I don’t like to bring up the past, but these were some of the things we’ve done in the past. There was a lot of dialogue (yesterday). You could tell in the layup lines how guys were focused in. We could feel it. And we carried that onto the court. That was big.”
Sixers go up 3-1 on the Bulls.
Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times on the Hawks beating the Bulls for the third straight time.
“It’s not the way we thought the series would go a week and a half ago,” Kyle Korver said. “It’s a different situation for us, but this is the way it goes. This is why you play the playoff games.”
Lakers go up 3-1 on the Nuggets.
Mark Haubner of Sports Illustrated.com on LA’s 92-88 win.
“Sessions has hit big 3s. Even when I was out he hit some big 3s to win games. He did it again tonight. I have confidence in him,” Bryant said. “If you’re observing the game in the third quarter, I hit Sessions for an open shot, Blake for an open shot and (Matt) Barnes for an open shot and they missed all three of them. George, being observant as he is, saw I was (ticked). I was and (he) didn’t think I would trust them at the end of the game to knock down those shots, but they stepped up and knocked them down.”