2011 NBA Playoffs: Celtics Nip Knicks; Magic, Mavs Also Win

The Boston Celtics leaned on the late heroics of Kevin Garnett to defeat the short-handed New York Knicks, 96-93, in Game 2 of their first round NBA Playoff series on Tuesday at the TD Garden.

After Jared Jeffries gave the Knicks a 93-92 lead with a driving layup, Garnett responded with a jump hook and a steal in the next two possessions to help the Celtics secure the victory and a 2-0 lead in the series. It was another heartbreaking loss for the Knicks, especially for Anthony, who had a monster game with 42 points and 17 rebounds. The Celtics missed the services of Chauncey Billups the whole game and Amare Stoudemire in the second half. The series will move to New York on Friday, with the Knicks trailing 2-0.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic evened their series against the Atlanta Hawks at one-game apiece, after an 88-82 victory in Game 2. Dwight Howard finished with 33 points, 19 rebounds, and 2 steals to help the Magic hold off the Hawks. Out West, Peja Stojakovic came off the bench to score 21 points on five three-pointers while Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks took a 2-0 lead in their series against the Portland Trail Blazers.