New York Knicks Survive Boston Celtics Rally To Finally Win NBA Playoff series

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New York Knicks 88-80 Boston Celtics

Knicks win series 4-2

The New York Knicks won their first NBA playoff series in 13 years - but not without yet another nerve-shredding rally from the Boston Celtics.

After claiming the first three games of the series the Knicks were made to sweat by successive Celtics victories. Then New York again looked to have the series sewn up when leading by 26 points in the fourth quarter of Game Six in Boston.

But then came another Celtics comeback- a 20-0 run which cut the lead from 26 points to just six with 5:54 minutes remaining. TD Garden got very loud. The Knicks looked very nervous again.

The Celtics cut the lead to as little as four before Carmelo Anthony hit a jumper and a three-pointer to ignite an 8-0 spurt to restore the lead for the final time.

Boston had left themselves just too much to do after allowing New York to start 17-1, being limited to 10 points in the first quarter and 27 in the opening half.

Anthony scored 21 points, Iman Shumpert 17 and Pablo Prigioni 14 for the second-seeded Knicks. Jeff Green scored 21 points and Kevin Garnett 15 points and 10 rebounds for Boston

New York last won a playoff series in 2000, when a team featuring Patrick Ewing and current backup center Marcus Camby beat the Miami Heat 4-3 in the conference semi-finals. The Knicks' regular season second place was their best since 1994. For Boston, it was their earliest playoffs exit since 2005.

New York will now face the Indiana Pacers in the eastern conference semi-finals Game One on Sunday.

Indiana Pacers 81-73 Atlanta Hawks
Pacers win series 4-2

The Indiana Pacers snapped a 13-game losing streak in Atlanta to win Game Six and claim a series victory.

George Hill and David West each scored 21 points and Indiana withstood a fourth quarter Atlanta comeback.

The home team had won every game until the Hawks returned to Atlanta and set an unwelcome franchise record with just nine points in the second quarter on 1-of-15 shooting. The defense broke down in the third, allowing Hill and West to combine for 22 points, and the Pacers built a 65-50 lead going to the fourth.

The Hawks showed some heart, slicing it to 76-73 on Al Horford's dunk with 2:13 remaining. But the comeback fizzled there, and the Pacers advanced to face New York. Roy Hibbert added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Lance Stephenson also had 11 rebounds.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Steve Busfield in New York, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 4th May 2013 03.56 Europe/London

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