NEW YORK, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Carmelo Anthony got hot down the stretch Sunday, pumping in 17 fourth-quarter points to give the New York Knicks a 106-104 win over Boston.
Anthony's foul shots with 16 seconds remaining in the first NBA game of the lockout-shortened season provided the difference for the Knicks, who won despite blowing an early 17-point lead.
Anthony finished with 37 points. Amar'e Stoudemire contributed 21 and Toney Douglas added 19 in the victory, which saw New York break an eight-game losing streak against Boston.
The Celtics, who were playing without Paul Pierce, were led by Rajon Rondo's 31 points and 13 assists.
New acquisition Brandon Bass added 20 points and 11 boards for Boston.