NEW YORK (AP) — This one was so easy for the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony only needed to play 28 minutes.
That left plenty of energy for pitching books and swatting away free agency questions.
Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks avenged an embarrassing home loss with a rout of their own, beating the Boston Celtics 114-88 last night for their third straight victory.
Jeremy Tyler added a career-high 17 points and fellow reserve J.R. Smith also scored 17 for the Knicks, who lost by 41 the last time the Celtics came to Madison Square Garden but led this one by 35.
“Today’s game in particular, it was kind of personal, you know what I’m saying, the way they beat us the last time we played them,” forward Kenyon Martin said. “So we wanted a little get-back.”
Anthony, who leads the NBA in minutes per game with 39.2, was quick on his feet after the game, easily handling a question about his relationship with Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau (he said he doesn’t have one) and one about comments made by his wife, actress La La Anthony, who has a new book out called “The Love Playbook” and said in a TV interview that she “definitely” thinks he will re-sign with the Knicks.
“That’s my wife. I support her, I support what she said,” Anthony said. “I don’t think she said anything wrong. It’s a good thing for her to say that. Go get the book though, your wives and girlfriends will enjoy the book.”
Jeff Green scored 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting for the Celtics, who have lost three straight and six of seven. Rajon Rondo had seven points and five assists, shooting 3 of 13 in his sixth game of the season after returning from a torn ACL.