Knicks finish off Celtics


BOSTON — Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points, and the New York Knicks held on after blowing most of a 26-point lead to beat the Boston Celtics 88-80 in Game 6 on Friday night and advance in the postseason for the first time since 2000.

Jeff Green scored 21 points for the Celtics.

THUNDER 103, ROCKETS 94

HOUSTON — Kevin Durant scored 27 points, and Kevin Martin added 25 to lead Oklahoma City over Houston, sending the Thunder to the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season.

Martin finally gave the Thunder someone to take scoring pressure off Durant for the first time since All-Star Russell Westbrook had season-ending knee surgery. He had 21 points by halftime, and Westbrook’s replacement, Reggie Jackson, helped out by scoring 17.

PACERS 81, HAWKS 73

ATLANTA — George Hill and David West each scored 21 points, and Indiana withstood a furious Atlanta comeback in the fourth quarter, closing out the opening-round playoff series in Game 6.

The home team had won every game until the Hawks returned to Philips Arena and set a franchise record with just nine points in the second quarter on 1-of-15 shooting

GRIZZLIES 118, CLIPPERS 105

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley and Zach Randolph scored 23 points apiece, and Memphis beat Los Angeles to take the first-round series 4-2 and advance to its second Western Conference semifinals in three seasons.