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NBA Playoffs Top Performers: Carmelo Anthony

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony started fast, struggled through the middle, and finished with a flurry.

And the New York Knicks, after knocking the Boston Celtics from the top of the Atlantic Division, took the first step toward knocking them out of the playoffs.

Anthony scored 36 points, leading the Knicks to an 85-78 victory Saturday in their playoff opener.

''It's a wonderful feeling to know that we got our first win of the series here on our home court, took care of that business,'' Anthony said. ''It was real important for us to come out and get this first win.''

The NBA's scoring leader had 10 quick points and endured a tough shooting night from there before scoring eight points in the fourth quarter, helping New York take a 1-0 lead in a series for the first time since the 2001 first round against Toronto.

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