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Knicks aren't focusing on playoff tilt with Heat

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Knicks aren't focusing on playoff tilt with Heat · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes
 

As the Knicks hang onto the sixth seed in the East with three games remaining, the talk continues to percolate about a potential star-studded first-round matchup between the Knicks and Miami Heat.

"Everybody wants to see that," Anthony said. "But we can't control that."

Well, the Knicks sort of can control it by scoreboard watching and strategic planning. The Heat and Celtics are tied for second, though Boston owns the tiebreaker. The Knicks have a half-game lead over the seventh place Philadelphia 76ers. Whomever finishes with the No. 2 seed will play the No. 7 team and No. 3 gets No. 6.

The Knicks do have a chance to impact the final seedings because they play the Celtics in Boston on the final game of the regular season on April 13. Will they play for the matchup?

"It (doesn't) matter to me," Anthony said. "It (doesn't) matter. Honestly, it really (doesn't)."

The Knicks have yet to beat the Celtics this season, with two down-to-the-wire defeats at the Garden. Meanwhile, perhaps one of the most impressive wins of the season came Feb. 27 in Miami, when Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups went toe-to-toe with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Plus, Anthony has historically fared well against James, a rivalry that dates back to their days as high-school superstars. But Anthony dismissed any notion that he was focusing on any personal battles with a fellow star and friend.

"If we (were) to play Miami, I'm not going to do it myself," he said. "As far as that matchup goes, yeah, I'd be excited about that, but it's deeper than that. I've been there and trying to win a playoff series by myself and I'm done with that."

KNICKS 116, NETS 93: Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 10 rebounds by halftime in a game the Knicks dominated from the first quarter and on. Anthony had 14 in the first quarter, when the Knicks held a 36-31 lead and it grew to 19 in the second and as many as 24 in the third. Anthony finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds, playing 30:25 in only the first three quarters. Chauncey Billups added 22 points and four assists in 25:51 for the Knicks (41-38), who have won six straight. Brook Lopez had 27 points to lead the Nets (24-55).

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