2011 NBA Playoffs: Celtics Sweep Knicks; 76ers Stall Heat

The Boston Celtics became the first team to move into the second round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs on Sunday, beating the New York Knicks, 101-89, to complete a 4-0 sweep of their best-of-seven first-round series.

Kevin Garnett took over the Celtics with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo dished out 12 assists to go with 21 points for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who outscored the Knicks 17-9 in the last seven minutes to leave New York winless in the team’s first playoff trip since 2004. Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points and Amare Stoudemire added 19 for the Knicks but received not much help from the rest of their teammates.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers delayed their summer vacation for at least another day, rallying from six points down in the last one-and-a-half minutes to stun the Miami Heat, 86-82, in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series. Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams each hit a three-point shot in the last 95 seconds as the 76ers closed out with a 10-0 run to cut Miami’s series lead to 3-1.

Other results: Atlanta Hawks 88-85 Orlando Magic (Atlanta leads 3-1); New Orleans Hornets 93-88 Los Angeles Lakers (series tied 2-2).