BOSTON — Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and the New York Knicks moved to the brink of their first playoff series victory in 13 years, routing the Boston Celtics 90-76 on Friday night in Game 3 of the first-round series.
Quickly taking out the crowd out of it in the first NBA game in the city since the Boston Marathon bombings, the Knicks built a 16-point halftime lead and ran away with it.
Raymond Felton added 15 points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who haven’t advanced in the playoffs since reaching the 2000 Eastern Conference finals. They will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.
Jeff Green scored 21 points for Boston.
THUNDER: All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s championship chances.
General manager Sam Presti said Friday that the Thunder had not yet scheduled Westbrook’s surgery and would not have an accurate timeline for his return until after the procedure was done. No one would rule out Westbrook’s possible return if Oklahoma City keeps advancing in the playoffs, and All-Star teammate Kevin Durant only said his teammates “hope” Westbrook can play again this postseason.
The three-time All-Star was hurt in Game 2 against Houston on Wednesday night. Rookie Patrick Beverley lunged for a steal in the second quarter and his hip collided with Westbrook’s knee.
ROCKETS: Could be without point guard Jeremy Lin when they play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 tonight.
The Rockets hope Lin, who has a bruised chest muscle, can return for the first playoff game in Houston since 2009.