Anthony has triple-double, Knicks rout Celtics

By Brian Mahoney

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 17 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) talks to teammate Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in New York.

Frank Franklin II, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the New York Knicks made 19 3-pointers to keep alive their Atlantic Division title hopes with a 118-110 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

JR Smith and Steve Novak both scored 25 points for the Knicks, who overcame a season-high 43 points from Paul Pierce and moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference while trimming Boston's division lead to 3 ½ games. The Celtics would have wrapped up their fifth straight Atlantic title with a victory.

Instead, the Knicks staggered them with a record-tying 14 3-pointers in a 72-point first half and equaled their season high by finishing 19 of 32 behind the arc. They improved to 14-5 under interim coach Mike Woodson.

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