Carmelo Anthony helps Knicks edge Celtics 106-104

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But the acquisition of Bass from Orlando for Glen Davis paid immediate dividends, as he showed a nice midrange jumper when he wasn’t busy keeping balls alive on the glass.

The first game since renovations began at Madison Square Garden included the usual cast of celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Chris Rock and John McEnroe, and some new confusion, as at least one Celtics player had to ask how to get to the court from the new visitors’ locker room.

The Knicks led 34-23 after one and extended it to 49-32 with 7½ minutes left in the half on a pair of free throws by Chandler. But the Celtics shot 62 percent in the quarter, getting it back into single digits before New York took a 62-52 lead into halftime.

Notes: Rivers said Pierce may come off the bench when he does return, since he’s had only one practice so far. … The Knicks were without Mike Bibby, who dressed but didn’t play because of a sore back. Reserve Jared Jeffries was lost during the game to a sore right calf. … Stoudemire provided pregame breakfast to MSG staff in appreciation of the support in his first season with the team.

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