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NBA: New York 85, Boston 78

April 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points Saturday and the New York Knicks used a tough defense to register an 85-78 win over Boston in a first-round playoff opener.

Anthony connected on 13-of-29 shots from the field, including a lay-in off a Boston turnover that put the Knicks ahead by five points with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

Meanwhile, New York unleashed a harassing defense that limited the Celtics to just eight fourth-quarter points en route to a win in the first contest of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

New York was swept by the Celtics in the first round of the 2010-11 post-season.

J.R. Smith (15 points) and Raymond Felton (13, six assists) also reached double figures.

Jeff Green provided 26 points and Paul Pierce added 21 with seven assists for Boston.

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