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NBA Playoffs Top Performers: Carmelo Anthony

[1]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.

RankPlayerTeamGPMinFG Pct3PT PctFT PctReboundsPPG
1Carmelo AnthonyNY140.744.866.7100636
2Andre MillerDEN127.468.810071.4328
3LeBron JamesMIA134.581.85072.71027
4Brandon JenningsMIL132.9404085.7126
5Jeff GreenBOS145.653.360100726
6Carlos BoozerCHI14560N/A50825
7Kevin DurantOKC133.546.720100624
8Paul GeorgeIND14423.1094.41123
9Chris PaulLAC132.963.675100223
10Monta EllisMIL138.652.616.716.7422
11Deron WilliamsBKN135.36066.7100222
12Klay ThompsonGS141.352.640N/A322
13Brook LopezBKN132.446.7N/A100521
14Jeff TeagueATL137.25010083.3121
15Paul PierceBOS139.24014.3100521
16Dwight HowardLAL141.566.7N/A501520
17James HardenHOU13431.616.7100620
18Ray AllenMIA128.946.225100520
19Russell WestbrookOKC130.446.750100819
20Stephen CurryGS142.93540100419