The NBA officially tipped off its regular season with a Christmas Day thriller as the New York Knicks edged the Boston Celtics, 106-104, on Dec. 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.
The Knicks took control of the game early on, leaping out to an 18-point lead in the second quarter. But the Celtics went on their run, outscoring New York 24-2 midway through the third quarter to give Boston the lead going into the final period.
Fortunately for New York, All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony got hot down the final stretch of the game, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native and former Towson Catholic star finished with a total of 37 points along with seven rebounds in the game, while fellow All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire followed with 21 points and six rebounds.
All-Star guard Rajon Rondo led Boston with a double-double of 31 points and 13 assists. Celtics sharp shooter Ray Allen added 20 points, while veteran forward Kevin Garnett added 15 points. Reserve forward Brandon Bass added another 20 points off the bench for Boston (0-1 overall).
New York (1-0 overall) will see its next action on Dec. 28 when they take on the Golden State Warriors.