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The Knicks Had Mechanical Issues, But The Celtics JET Was Cleared For Takeoff

The Knicks had the runway cleared for a sweep and their first series victory in 12 years, but the Celtics had different plans.

The Knicks had the runway cleared for a sweep and their first series victory in 12 years, but the Celtics had different plans. With J.R. Smith unavailable (after getting suspended one game for elbowing Jason Terry in the throat), the Knicks bench mustered only seven points, less than half of their 6th Man of the Year's average output. Worse, Carmelo Anthony couldn't hit the broadside of a barn. He finished with 36 points, despite shooting 10-of-34 from the field, and going 0-for-7 from downtown.

Anthony helped eliminate the Celtics 20-point third quarter lead by taking 20 free throws, but two late misses at the charity stripe aided the Celtics in getting the game to an extra period. Raymond Felton continued his excellent play against the Celtics by scoring 27 points, but only dished three assists.

While Carmelo Anthony's landing gear stalled, the "JET"  came off the bench and took off in overtime, scoring the Celtics last nine points. The series returns to New York for Game 5 on Wednesday.