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                    === Smith lifts Knicks past Celtics ===
 Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The contest was marked as the second showdown of
 the  season  between Carmelo Anthony and  Kevin Garnett, but it was J.R. Smith
 who stole the show late.
 While  he only made 3-of-16 from the field on the night, Smith buried a clutch
 3-pointer  and forced a  key turnover down the stretch to help the Knicks come
 away with an 89-86 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Thursday.
 Albeit  another rough  shooting  performance, Anthony  scored  a team-best  28
 points  on 11-of-28 from the field to help the Knicks avenge their loss to the
 Celtics  on  Jan. 7  at Madison Square  Garden, where things  got a bit chippy
 between Anthony and Garnett.
 The  two got  in a heated exchange during that contest, and Anthony confronted
 Garnett  after the  game,  which resulted  in a  one-game  suspension for  the
 Knicks' superstar.
 There were no incidents this time, with Anthony even helping Garnett up off
 the hardwood at one point.
 "There's  no  grudges between  myself and  (Garnett)," Anthony said. "Whatever
 happened,  happened. We  spoke about  that and  it's over  with. I  don't hold
 grudges or anything like that."
 Amare  Stoudemire added 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench, while Jason
 Kidd  and  Iman Shumpert contributed  with 12  and 10 points, respectively, to
 give  New York  its first win in  Boston since 2006, halting an 11-game losing
 streak there.
 Meanwhile, the Celtics dropped a season-worst fifth straight despite a triple-
 double from Rajon Rondo. He scored a team-high 23 points to go with 11 assists
 and 10 rebounds.
 Garnett  had a  quiet  night scoring,  finishing with  just  eight points  but
 grabbed 12 rebounds in the defeat. Paul Pierce finished with 22 points.
 The  teams were  neck-and-neck for much of  the first 36 minutes of play until
 New  York  bridged the third  and fourth  quarters with a  15-4 run to take an
 80-70 lead.
 With two minutes left in the third, Tyson Chandler finished a three-point play
 and  then  added two  free throws  near the  end of  the quarter after Anthony
 buried a pull-up jumper.
 Courtney  Lee  opened the  fourth with  a runner  in the  lane for Boston, but
 Anthony and Pablo Prigioni went back-to-back from long distance before Anthony
 gave  the  Knicks a 10-point edge  with a finger roll  at the 8:23 mark of the
 Boston  was able  to rally  and  pulled within  86-84 after  Rondo scored  six
 straight points to cap a 14-6 push, but they couldn't come any closer.
 Smith,  who had only  made two shots prior, knocked down a huge 3-pointer from
 the  wing  to bring  the Knicks'  advantage to  89-84 with  just over a minute
 remaining.  He  then hounded  Pierce after  the Celtics  came within three and
 forced him into a turnover, all but sealing the win for New York.
 "The  play was broken up and I tried to flash to the ball, really didn't get a
 good hand on it, and (Smith) made a good stab at the ball and it resulted in a
 turnover," recalled Pierce.
 Pierce  carried the  Celtics with 19 points  in the first half on 6-of-12 from
 the field, but missed the only three shots he attempted in the second half.
 Shumpert  and  Stoudemire combined for  18 of the New  York's 30 points in the
 second,  with Shumpert  scoring eight in a  row for the Knicks as his back-to-
 back triples helped cut their deficit to 40-37.
 Stoudemire made all six of his free throw attempts in the closing 1:18 to send
 the Knicks into halftime with a 50-48 lead.
                                   Game Notes
 Chandler  was selected as an All-Star reserve for the Eastern Conference prior
 to  the  contest ... Pierce was  not voted to  the All-Star team for the first
 time  since  2007 ...  Boston outscored  New York  in the  paint 50-32 ... The
 Celtics made just 3-of-18 from long distance ... Smith had nine points.
 01/25 00:13:19 ET