NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith added 19, and the New York Knicks opened a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics with an 87-71 victory on Tuesday night.
Raymond Felton added 16 points for the Knicks, who used a 27-4 run spanning halftime to blow it open and move halfway to their first series victory since the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals. This is their first 2-0 lead since sweeping Toronto in the first round that year.
Paul Pierce scored 18 points for the Celtics, who will host Game 3 on Friday in their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings.
They will have to be much sharper to avoid their first opening-round elimination since 2005, before they became one of the NBA’s power teams again.
Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 11 rebounds, but battled foul trouble and spent too much time walking back to the bench with a raucous Madison Square Garden crowd finally experiencing playoff success again hounding him every step of the way.
Plagued by turnovers in Game 1, when they managed eight points in the decisive fourth quarter, the Celtics watched it all fall apart 12 minutes earlier this time.
HEAT 98, BUCKS 86
At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and LeBron James finished with 19 as Miami took off in the fourth quarter to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.
Chris Bosh, Shane Battier and Chris Andersen all scored 10 points for the Heat.
The Heat scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter, needing just over 2 minutes to blow open what had been a three-point game.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 points for Milwaukee, which got 16 from Mike Dunleavy and 14 from Larry Sanders. The Bucks’ starting guards, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, combined for only 15 points after scoring 48 in Game 1.
Cavs, Brown agree
Mike Brown and the Cavaliers are getting back together.
Brown, who led the Cavs to the playoffs in all five seasons he coached them from 2005-10, has agreed in principle to a contract to return as their coach for a second time, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
Brown hasn’t yet signed his new deal, but has agreed to take the job, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing. Brown’s hiring could be announced as early as Wednesday.
Playoff schedule at a glance
Miami 2, Milwaukee 0
Game 1: Miami 110, Milwaukee 87
Game 2: Miami 98, Milwaukee 86
Thursday: at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Sunday: at Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m.
New York 2, Boston 0
Game 1: New York 85, Boston 78
Game 2: New York 87, Boston 71
Friday: at Boston, 8 p.m.
Sunday: at Boston, 1 p.m.
Indiana 1, Atlanta 0
Game 1: Indiana 107, Atlanta 90
Wednesday: at Indiana, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
April 29: at Atlanta, TBA
Brooklyn 1, Chicago 1
Game 1: Brooklyn 106, Chicago 89
Game 2: Chicago 90, Brooklyn 82
Thursday: at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: at Chicago, 2 p.m.
Monday: Chicago at Brooklyn, TBD
Oklahoma City 1, Houston 0
Game 1: Oklahoma City 121, Houston 91
Wednesday: at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Saturday: at Houston, 9:30 p.m.
April 29: at Houston, TBA
San Antonio 1, L.A. Lakers 0
Game 1: San Antonio 91, L.A. Lakers 79
Wednesday: at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.
Friday: at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: at L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.
Denver 1, Golden State 0
Game 1: Denver 97, Golden State 95
Tuesday: at Denver, late
Friday: at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers 1, Memphis 0
Game 1: L.A. Clippers 112, Memphia 91
Monday: at L.A. Clippers, late
Thursday: at Memphis, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: at Memphis, 4:30 p.m.