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Now it's the Knicks who have the veterans, and a lead over the Celtics in their playoff series

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    New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin, left, and teammate Carmelo Anthony celebrate after the Knicks went ahead in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. The Knicks defeated Celtics 85-78. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and guard Jason Kidd, right, react in the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. The Knicks won 85-78. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press)

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    Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) grabs the ball in front of New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin (3) during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin (3) grabs a rebound against Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11) and forward Jeff Green during the second half of Game 1 of in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. The Knicks win 85-78. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) leans on defending Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) as he controls the ball in the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in New York on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The Knicks won 85-78. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press)

Doc Rivers never questioned the Knicks' strategy of adding older players.

The Celtics coach believes veterans make a difference in the postseason, having won a title with an experienced core in Boston.

Rivers says Sunday he "thought it was a very good strategy, actually, just because of now."

It paid off for New York on Saturday, when players such as Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin keyed an 85-78 victory in the series opener.

Game 2 is Tuesday, when the Celtics will try to cut down on the costly mistakes they made in Game 1.

The Knicks were mocked for signing so many aging players in the summer, but they helped New York win a division title and proved more reliable than Boston's younger bench on Saturday.

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