Celtics edge Knicks 96-93 to win Game 2

Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (R) drives to the basket around New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the second quarter of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston, Massachusetts April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Carmelo Anthony posted 42 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, but Amare Stoudemire left the game with back spasms, and the gritty Celtics were able to take Game 2. Rajon Rondo had 30 points and Paul Pierce added 20 in the win.

I wonder if Knicks fans are getting disenchanted with the team’s two superstars. First, Carmelo mails in a 1-for-11 second half in Game 1 and now Amare leaves Game 2 after only 17 minutes of playing time because his back is acting up. Sure, Carmelo dropped 42, but the Knicks still lost, so does it really matter?

In other news, the Magic won a must-win Game 2 to even the series with the Hawks at 1-1. The Mavs beat the Blazers to take a 2-0 lead in the West.

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