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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

Celtics bring fight to Knicks


NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett jawed from baseline to midcourt, and Anthony still had more to say.

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Too hot to handle: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett dunks on Knicks star Carmelo Anthony on Monday in New York. The Celtics won 102-96. AP

So the Knicks forward went toward the Celtics locker room after the game to keep shouting, taking his frustrations from the court right along with him and perhaps risking an NBA suspension.

Paul Pierce scored 23 points, and Boston beat New York 102-96 on Monday night in a heated first meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division rivals.

Anthony left without talking to reporters and the Knicks wouldn't comment on Anthony's postgame trip in the wrong direction, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't deny it.

"I'm going to let you all figure that one out. I'm going to stay out of that," Rivers said. "If it was the playoffs I'd tell on him, but since it's not I'm going to just be quiet."

Rivers didn't need to. MSG Network reported the incident, in which security had to step in and send Anthony back in the right direction, as it went to its postgame show, and the league likely will investigate and could penalize the Knicks' leading scorer.

"I didn't know what was going on at that point in time," New York forward Amare Stoudemire said. "It's strictly basketball. We have to keep it on the basketball court and make sure we come to play every night. Boston will definitely bring the intensity and aggressive play. We got to be able to match that."

Garnett added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who even without the suspended Rajon Rondo won their third straight and finally are playing like the team that has ruled the division for the last half-decade.

The Knicks want that title now, but Anthony and his teammates were reminded how tough Boston can make it.

Anthony had 20 points but shot 6 of 26 while battling his temper, Garnett and foul trouble.

Garnett denied the postgame altercation.

"Listen, heat of the battle, man. Guys go back and forth. He's trying to get his team to go, I'm trying to get my team to go, both teams are colliding, not to mention that it's the Knicks and the Celtics," Garnett said. "Just what it is, man."

J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 24 points. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 17 rebounds.

"They took us out of a lot that we wanted to accomplish out there," said Chandler, who said "nothing" happened after the game.

"Very physical on the ball," he said. "Forced us to take some tough shots."

Bulls 118, Cavaliers 92

In Chicago, Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bulls in a rout of Cleveland.

Chicago, which posted a season-high output in points, moved to 11-1 when Boozer and Noah have double-doubles.

Wizards 101, Thunder 99

In Washington, Bradley Beal made a jumper with 0.3 seconds left after using a pump fake to get open, and the short-handed Wizards beat Oklahoma City.

Hornets 95, Spurs 88

In New Orleans, Eric Gordon scored six straight points in a fourth-quarter spurt and had 24 overall to lead the Hornets to a victory over San Antonio.

Jazz 100, Mavericks 94

In Salt Lake City, Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers, and Utah earned a win over Dallas.

Grizzlies 113, Kings 81

In Sacramento, Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 26 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to help Memphis rout the Kings.

Trail Blazers 125, Magic 119 (OT)

In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Blazers handed Orlando its ninth straight loss.

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