Carmelo Anthony said after Sunday's win over the Lakers that his team wanted to "Redeem themselves" against the Boston Celtics. The last time the Celtics visited Madison Square Garden, they embarrassed the Knicks with a 41-point blowout win against their division rival. Anthony and the Knickerbockers made good on their promise with one of their best all around games of the season.
Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds as New York avenged their embarrassing loss with a 114-88 over the Celtics. It was a wire-to-wire win for the Knickerbockers as they led 21-5 midway through the first quarter and never looked back.
"It felt good tonight," said Anthony. "You saw the level of focus coming into this game. The Celtics beat us down previously but tonight was a different story."
New York has lost the previous two meetings against Boston, but the Knicks were finally able to defeat the Celtics for the first time since the playoffs.
"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."
Kenyon Martin made a solid return to the lineup as he was 3-3 from the field with six points.
Anthony was able to get some much needed rest playing only 28 minutes. He came into the game leading the NBA in minutes per game at 39.2.
"Anytime I can rest is a good thing," said Anthony.
Jeremy Tyler was big bright spot for the Knickerbockers as he scored a career high of 17 points. He grabbed five rebounds and had a very efficient night shooting the ball with a 7-9 performance.
"He played well," said Knicks coach Mike Woodson. " You go back to the Charlotte and Laker games he has given us some positive energy offensively. Obviously some of the hard work that he has put in is starting to pay off. He is giving us some positive results which is nice."
Tyler, who was playing in the D-League earlier this season with the Erie Bayhawks, is taking advantage of his chance to play with Andrea Bargnani and Amar'e Stoudemire each out with injuries.
"I learned a lot from those guys," said Tyler. "I talk to them every single day. They help me with everything. So when my time came, I was ready."
Tyler has averaged 8.6 points and 5 rebounds in 18 minutes played in his last three games. It's still early to say whether Tyler will be the latest hidden jewel off the Knicks bench to shine much the same way Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak, and Chris Copeland had done in the previous two season. But the 6'10" center from San Diego recognizes he has come along way in his career despite being only 22 years old.
"I have been on a crazy roller coaster in my career so far," said Tyler. "It feels great to get in and work on my game."
Tyler decided to forgo his senior season to play internationally for two years until he was eligible for the NBA Draft. He had two different stints overseas playing in the Israeli and Japan before returning back to America to play in the NBA.
"I think it was patience..learning myself and learning my body. I am taking it slower than I used to. I was going too fast. I am taking a load off and learning patience. Confidence and being ready when my name is called. I am working my tail off in practice and anytime I get a chance to work on my game."
The win is the team's third in a row as they have appeared to right the ship once again after a five-game losing streak. New York evened its record at 3-3 on its season long eight-game homestand, and will now host the Cavaliers on Thursday night before they end the homestand on Saturday night against the Miami Heat.