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Melo, Garnett scrap; Pierce sinks dagger in Celtics' win

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Boston and New York met on Monday in a matchup of two teams going in opposite directions. After a blistering start, the Knicks have slowly been regressing more and more to the mean. Meanwhile, Boston has started to turn its season around with the return of Avery Bradley.

So it was kind of a big game for teams that could meet in the playoffs. To start the game, the Knicks were getting good ball movement and strong play off the pick and roll.

See, in the first half, there was a lot of this:

But in the second half, the Celtics' defense really tightened and they took the lead. The game became more and more physical, a grind-it-out kind of game that Boston has been so successful with during the last five years. And the Knicks didn't want to back down, especially Carmelo Anthony. Check out what happens when Melo and Kevin Garnett face each other in the post.

If you missed it, check out this GIF that breaks it down in detail. Watch as KG goes high with an elbow. When he turns around, Melo elbows him in the back.

But the Celtics took control, and Melo, angrier and more frustrated, kept chucking up shots out of isolation (sound familiar?). Melo wound up 6-for-28 from the field and continually went away from any sort of offensive set. Still, it was a close game down the stretch, with the Celtics up just four inside a minute. Then, we had an appearance of Truth:

Kiss 'em goodnight, Paul.

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