Knicks knocked off by Celtics in raucous Christmas slugfest

Knicks fans nearly got this year’s Christmas miracle at the Garden on Sunday. Boston’s Avery Bradley stole it away.

The Knicks came all the way back to tie the game after trailing by 13 in the fourth quarter, but ended up on the raw end of a 119-114 decision before a sellout crowd of 19,812. The Knicks saw a two-game win streak snapped, missed a chance to move to third place in the Eastern Conference and now stand 3-10 against teams with records of .500 or better.

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks through a late-fourth-quarter comeback to tie the game 112-112 with just over a minute to play. The Celtics answered with a Marcus Smart 3-pointer. On the ensuing possession, Anthony missed a 3-pointer, but the Knicks got it back to him after an offensive rebound.

He went to work on Bradley in an isolation play and had the ball stripped away. On the other end, Jae Crowder was fouled and made two free throws with 17.9 seconds left. Anthony scored on a driving layup to get it back down to three points, but it never got closer than that as Boston made free throws to close it out.

Anthony had 29 points despite 9-for-24 shooting, Derrick Rose had 25 points, Porzingis had 22 points and Courtney Lee had 11 points

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