Celtics guard Ray Allen buried a three-pointer with less than 12 seconds left to help Boston clinch a 87-85 victory over the New York Knicks in Game 1 of a NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs best-of-seven series on April 17.

Allen scored a team-high 24 points, and all five of the Celtics’ starters scored double digits, including center Kevin Garnett with 15 points and 13 rebounds and guard Rajon Rondo with 10 points and nine assists.

Boston trailed at halftime and late in the fourth quarter, but the team’s veterans kept their poise and made key buckets during the closing minutes for a victory that pushed them ahead for the 1-0 series lead. After Allen hit his three-pointer, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony hoisted up a long three-point shot, but missed.

Knicks star Amare Stoudemire led the game with 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony suffered from early foul trouble, scoring only 15 points.

Game 2 will tip off in Boston at 7 p.m. on April 19.